Ismael Hernandez is an ex-Marxist Leninist from Puerto Rico. He joined the Jesuit seminary there and later came to America where he eventually renounced Marxism. He worked for a time as executive director of a Catholic ministry in the inner city for the Diocese of Venice. Most recently, he founded the Freedom & Virtue Institute in 2008 to bring the ideas of individual liberty, limited government, self-reliance and love for the poor to communities of color. Mr. Hernandez lectures regularly for the Acton Institute and lives in Fort Myers with his wife and three children. He holds a Master's degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi.