As a vibrant, young Democrat, Nathalia Fernandez is hoping to represent the community that has had held a part of her heart throughout her life as its Assemblywoman in the 80th District.
A daughter of immigrant parents, Nathalia was raised to understand the benefit of a strong work ethic. Her father, William, migrated to the Bronx with his family from Cuba at a young age and started his own business painting apartments in his late teens to help his father support his family. William started his business and began his career in Morris Park. Nathalia’s mother, Sonia, came to the United States from Colombia and found her home in neighborhood of Bedford Park.
Having grown up in Rockland and soon after in Westchester county where she graduated high school, the Bronx has always been a home away from home for Nathalia. She spent numerous summers and weekends with family, worked, and volunteered in the Bronx. Later, upon graduating from Hofstra University, Nathalia found herself volunteering for change within the Bronx.
"Our district deserves an Assembly member who has the experience to get things done and shares its values. As your Assemblywoman, I will build on my years of service to the community and be your voice in Albany. I am here to fight for the issues that we care about most."
— Nathalia Fernandez, Democrat for NYS Assembly
In 2012, she volunteered for the Mark Gjonaj for Assembly campaign, becoming a vital asset to its daily operations and volunteer coordination. When Mark Gjonaj was elected as Assemblyman, he asked Nathalia to join his staff and made her Executive Coordinator for the 80th Assembly district office. Nathalia soon became the driving force of the office, maintaining responsibility for daily office operations, constituent services, and event organization for the Assemblyman. Nathalia was driven by her compassion towards her peers and neighbors and it was no surprise when she was promoted to be the Assemblyman's Chief of Staff.
In her time within the 80th Assembly district, Nathalia has lead numerous projects and initiatives. Under her direction, the assembly office provided internships and numerous volunteer opportunities to high school and college students, organized events and health care services to seniors, and planned numerous community events. Public service became Nathalia’s passion and provided the fulfillment she was seeking in her career. In 2016, Nathalia was elected as State Committee Woman for the 80th Assembly District.
In early 2017, Nathalia accepted what she considers the position of a lifetime, joining the Executive Chamber in the highest level of state government to take on the role as Bronx Regional Representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo. Nathalia has worked with all sectors of government and community stakeholders to advance projects and services that benefit our shared constituents. In addition to her numerous responsibilities, Nathalia educated the borough on the availability of Excelsior Scholarship and the Paid Family Leave program. She was active in the awarding of $10 million dollars to the Bronx Civic Center under the Governor’s Downstate Revitalization Initiative. In partnership with Bronx Borough President’s office, this project allowed Nathalia to work closely with community stakeholders and small businesses to uniformly create a plan of execution on how best to utilize the grant.
Now, in the district’s time of need, and with her enhanced knowledge of state operations and services, Nathalia hopes to return to the district she calls home to represent the constituency as the Assembly Member in the 80th District.