Ms. Fernández has more than 20 years of experience in cooperative and associative organization issues. Since 2014 she is president of the Uruguayan Confederation of Cooperatives (CUDECOOP), she has a PhD in Law and Social Sciences from the University of the Republic (UDELAR) in Montevideo. In 1996 she joined the Uruguayan Cooperative Center (CCU), an NGO of which she is currently president. Participates in the Consultative Body of advice to the Minister of Labor and Social Security in Uruguay appointed in March 2015 on behalf of the Social Economy and Cooperative System. In virtue of the experience developed in the cooperative issues, she has been a frequent speaker at the FAO - UNDP, among other organizations.