David Perez-Hernandez got his inspiration for his HBS essay from the movie "Slumdog Millionaire" – he thought about all the moments and life experiences that led him to apply to HBS. While he did not win a million dollars like Dev Patel’s character, he was admitted to the HBS and HKS joint degree program, with a full scholarship. Some would argue that is worth more than a million bucks; we would agree!
David loves to help his clients leverage the power of storytelling to develop personal narratives that are authentic and stand out to admissions committees. To amplify his writing skills, once at HKS David took a speechwriting and communications course with President Obama’s former speechwriter. He also took a course on writing personal narratives and storytelling by Marshall Ganz, one of the most prolific community organizers known for developing a framework that helps leaders communicate effectively. David has helped over 50+ candidates in the past years apply to top MBA and MPP programs.
The first in his family to go to college, David graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and was awarded a Fulbright Scholar. He has had varied work experience over the years – from advising a Senator on economic policy at the US Senate, advising companies at venture capital fund in Mexico to fintech investing at BlackRock and working for the Mayor of Austin, Texas.
David is fluent in Spanish and enjoys cooking Latin food from his Mexican and Colombian heritage. He enjoys playing sports, making the most of the outdoors, following college basketball, and salsa dancing. He also runs his dog’s budding Instagram page (@elgoodboy_gringo).