A Passion for Helping Youth
Shane FernandezExecutive Vice President, Crafton Tull & Associates, Member, Board of Directors, Tulsa Area United Way
Growing up “at-risk” gave Shane Fernandez a passion for helping to advance today’s youth.
“My parents divorced when I was 13 and I started hanging out with some people I probably shouldn’t have,” he says. Although he was attending a Jesuit high school, Fernandez found himself slowly being pulled into gang territory in Los Angeles.
“When I was 16, my younger brother wanted to go with me to a gang party. He ended up being genuinely scared and extremely uncomfortable so we left. A short time later, a rival gang drove by and shot up the place.”
With a Danish mother and Filipino/Spanish father, Fernandez went on to live around the world, in places such as Denmark and Hong Kong, which led to a passion for architecture and urban design.
He attended the University of Oklahoma, receiving a master’s degree in urban design and bachelor’s in architecture. After college, he founded PD2 Design, a residential architectural and design firm. Today he serves as executive vice president of Crafton Tull & Associates, a regional corporation with six offices in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Along the way, he always found time for community service, with an impressive list of board service, including the Oklahoma State Chamber, Tulsa Regional Chamber, and various university boards and committees. This year, he was named to the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Area United Way.
He was a chair of the Tulsa Young Professionals, as well as a variety of non-profit organizations that serve youth at risk.
“I guess I identify with them,” he says. “They’re at such a crucial point in their lives.”