Serving Ward 1
Manny Fernandez was appointed to the USD Board of Directors in 2011 to represent Union City and to fill a vacancy left by Pat Gacoscos when she resigned from the Board. After completing his appointed term, he was elected in 2012, and reelected in 2016 to a term which will expire in 2020. Manny Fernandez currently serves as Secretary, and is a member of the Engineering and Information Technology and Audit Committees.
Manny Fernandez was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the Unied States in 1969. His first job in the U.S. was as an architect with Franklin, Douden & Associates in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a year, he moved to California and served as an architect for John Carl Warnecke & Associates and Michael Painter & Associates. While fully employed, he furthered his education in design, particularly in Landscape Architecture and became a registered Landscape Architect in California in 1976. In 1979, he left the private sector and joined the Department of the Navy where he served in various capacities. In 1990, he founded Manuel C. Fernandez & Associates Inc., a design firm offering services in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, and project management.
While building a career in architecture, he was also active in community work. He has served as vice-president of the American Society of Landscape Architects of Northern California (ASLA), president of the Filipino American Society of Architects of Engineer (FASAE), and as a Board Member of the Fil-Am Council of Union City. In 1985, he applied for and was accepted as a Planning Commissioner. He subsequently ran for a city council seat in Union City and won, becoming the first Filipino-American to be elected to political office in the County of Alameda, a position he held for six consecutive terms until he retired in December 2010.
Concurrent with his duties as a Councilmember for 23 years, he also served at various times as Vice Mayor, Union City's representative for the Alameda County Transportation Authority, Alameda County Library Commission, Housing Authority, Waste Management Authority, and ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments).