Dawn holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human Services, and got her J.D. from Drake University.
Dawn Hernandez’s passion for issues involving immigration and families began when, as a child, she lived in close proximity to many migrant farm-workers in Eastern Washington State. That experience fueled her desire to become fluent in Spanish to better support immigrant families as they transition into life in the United States.
Before attending law school, Dawn worked with immigrants in various professional capacities. She spent time as a Bilingual Outreach Coordinator for the Postville, Iowa school district where she helped families understand the importance of continuing education beyond middle school. She also worked as an outreach specialist for the Iowa State Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker program, coordinated English classes for adult learners, and providing freelance interpreting services to local law enforcement, emergency, educational, and mental health professionals.
Finally, Dawn provided a unique immigrant-aware perspective during her time as a City Council member in Postville, Iowa. Dawn hopes to use her passion, experience, and education to help strengthen immigrant families and assist her business clients with finding high-quality workers.
She enjoys impromptu dance parties with her husband and six children, traveling, and Sunday afternoon naps.