Helen Hernandez, President & Founder
Helen Hernandez is the founder of The Imagen Foundation. Prior to establishing the Imagen Foundation, Ms. Hernandez was the Vice President of Public Affairs for Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio's Embassy Communications (presently Sony Pictures Entertainment). Acting as this major television production company's local and national liaison, she was most instrumental in developing and supervising various corporate programs that enhanced the company's reputation in the national community for socially and culturally sensitive programming. For the last twenty-five years, Ms. Hernandez has been the Executive Producer for the Imagen Awards. Over the years, The Imagen Foundation has honored such entertainment industry professionals such as Antonio Banderas, Phil Roman, Edward James Olmos, Bill Melendez, Rita Moreno, Jennifer Lopez and Hector Elizondo. Under her leadership, the Imagen Awards have become one of the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry. The awards exemplify the best of what Hollywood can produce in portraying the image of Latinos and Latino culture. With Financial support from Norman Lear and Jerry Perenchio's Embassy Communications, staff support from the NCCJ, the cooperation of many entertainment companies, the leadership of Helen Hernandez, and a voluntary advisory committee of professional and community leaders, the Imagen Awards became a successful enterprise. Since 1985, the Image Awards competition has brought out the best and most talented portrayal of Latinos in television and film.