Mandy Fernandes is the Policy Director at the ACLU of Hawai‘i, where she oversees all legislative initiatives impacting civil rights and liberties at the state and local level. She works closely with community stakeholders, other nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and government agencies to advance policy change and defend against attacks on the state and federal constitutions. She leads the affiliate’s lobbying efforts throughout the state.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Mandy worked as the Policy Director for Hawaii Children’s Action Network and as a securities enforcement staff attorney with the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. She serves on the boards of the Hawaii LGBT Legal Association and Hawaii Children’s Action Network Speaks. She taught a short course on LGBTQ+ rights at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law.
Mandy earned her B.A. in political science from California State University Long Beach, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
In her free time, Mandy enjoys metalsmithing and hanging out with her wife, their son, and their two cats.