Poppy Sias-Hernandez

Michigan State Senate District 34

2018 Race Update: Poppy lost 46.33% to 50.74%

Poppy Sias-Hernandez is running as a Democrat for the 34th state senate district, which includes Muskegon, Oceana, and Newaygo counties.

She and her two brothers were raised by a single mother in Muskegon Heights. She attended public elementary school and later graduated from Muskegon Catholic Schools. As a first-generation college student, she earned an AA from College of Marin, a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA from Western Michigan University.

Poppy has deep roots in public health. For more than 15 years, she has worked to support Michigan youth and families in making healthy choices. Since 2009, she has served as a certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist for the Michigan Board of Addiction & Prevention Professionals. More recently, she has worked as a Master Trainer in the Adverse Childhood Experiences study currently guiding the work in Muskegon and all over the United States to improve public health outcomes. She directs a small non-profit “Good for Youth,” which provides training and networking opportunities for youth-serving professionals. As a change management consultant, she helps community-based organizations integrate inclusive practices. She believes in systems change that is driven by community voice.

Poppy’s work is at the intersection of public health, education, and community development–all with regard to youth and families. Early on, she worked for Planned Parenthood of Michigan as a Community Health Educator and then as a Program Coordinator. While at Public Health, she collaborated with grassroots organizations to lead the Growing Goods Project, a comprehensive summer school program whose curriculum integrated life skills with academic skills that translate to thriving youth and families. At Muskegon Public Schools, she worked closely with the board and district leadership to develop and manage programs outside of the classroom that would ensure student success. She led a Muskegon County Farm to School Initiative, BOOM Youth Leadership program, and other efforts geared toward increasing community voice in needed change efforts. At the state level, she has advocated for policy to keep all Michigan students safe and supported both in and out of Michigan’s schools.

Poppy and Alfredo have been married for 18 years and have two sons. Their younger son is an award-winning soccer player, kicker for the Big Reds, and junior at Muskegon High School. Their older son graduated from Muskegon High School and is a sophomore at Columbia University in the City of New York. Poppy and Alfredo have enjoyed being active in their community as advocates for equity and social justice.