Rafael Hernandez

Account Executive, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Alumni Advisory Board
Rafael Hernandez

Commercial Real Estate

As an account executive at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Fort Worth, Texas, Rafael serves as a healthcare facility Underwriter for the Office of Residential Health Care Facilities (ORCF). These facilities include skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care and independent living as well as specialty focused facilities such as alcohol and drug abuse facilities. The average loan amount per facility Rafael underwrites is approximately $11.1 million and has ranged from 96 to 138 beds per facility.

Prior to HUD, Rafael was an FHA asset manager at Walker & Dunlop (W&D) in Needham, Massachusetts, where he managed and serviced a 499 HUD-insured multifamily real estate property portfolio with a total value of $9.87 billion. These properties included affordable housing and sustainable developments as well as healthcare and memory care facilities.

Before W&D, Rafael was an FHA analyst and processor at Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital, LLC, (BWE) in New York City, where he specialized in sizing and screening commercial multifamily loans primarily using financial models. Rafael serviced over 80 commercial real estate projects, scattered throughout the United States, with a combined lending amount over $979 million. These loans included multifamily and mixed-use new construction, redevelopment, rehabilitations and historical rehabs as well as refinance projects. Prior to BWE, Rafael was an associate at Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Headquarters in Manhattan.


As a Captain and Armor Officer in the United States Army, Rafael’s military service includes one deployment commanding 56 Cavalry troops in Baghdad, which completed over 300 convoy and reconnaissance missions in Iraq from 2009 to 2010. Today Rafael continues to serve as the Assistant Operations Officer for a tank battalion with the 3rd-103rd Armored Regiment, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.


Columbia University – MS in Construction Administration, 2018
New York University – MS in Real Estate Development, 2017
University of Denver – MBA in Finance, 2012
Texas A&M University – BS in Tourism, 2005