Ivette Fernandez is a native Alaskan with over 17 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining The LIBRE Institute, Ivette served as News Corporation’s Director of Community Affairs in Corporate Diversity and Pfizer Inc.’s Director of Advocacy and Professional Relations for the Northeast Region and Puerto Rico in the Office of U.S. Public Affairs. Prior to joining the private sector, Ivette served as an Associate Director in the Office of Public Liaison at The White House, and a political appointee at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Fernandez also worked in the U.S. Senate for former Senator Frank H. Murkowski, and current Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Fernandez has been recognized for her contributions to the community by numerous entities, including LATINO Magazine; U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; The Latino Coalition; University of Alaska Fairbanks; and Eielson Air Force Base,
Alaska. She was featured in LATINA Style Magazine’s summer 2008 article “Inspirational Latina, Ivette Fernandez,” and was recognized in 2006 as a young Hispanic American leader by the Government of Spain’s “Young Hispanic Leaders Program,” where she was honored by HRH Crown Prince Felipe of Spain.
Fernandez is a Board Member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute and Friends of the American Latino Museum, and a Member of Junior League of Washington.
Fernandez was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in 2000, won the title of Miss Alaska USA and competed in the 2001 Miss USA Pageant. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and her Master’s degree in International Affairs (concentration) from Georgetown University.