Omar Franco is the Managing Director of the Washington D.C. office. He is a Senior Government Relations Consultant in the firm's Government Law & Lobbying Practice, and focuses his work on federal lobbying. Omar was named one of the nation's most powerful Hispanic lobbyists by Latino magazine. In 2015, Omar was nominated by Senator Orrin Hatch to serve on the advisory committee of the United States Senate Republican Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American League of Lobbyists (ALL) where he completed the ALL’s Lobbying Certificate Program (LCP). Omar's client base includes Intuit, Algenol Biofuels, Safrema Energy, Dade Medical College, University of Southernmost Florida, Gold Coast Florida Regional Center, Hi-G-Tek, Realauction.com, Palm Beach County, FL and the Town of Southwest Ranches, FL, among others.
Omar began federal lobbying in 1999 when he became Director of Governmental Relations for the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. In 2001, University of Miami President Donna Shalala promoted him to Assistant Vice President of Governmental Relations where he represented the university at both the federal and state levels of government and primarily worked on appropriations and health care issues.
In 2003, Omar was named Chief of Staff for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL). Omar held this position for over four years, managing the Congressman’s Washington D.C. and district operations and closely counseling the Congressman in his areas of expertise which include federal appropriations, health care, transportation, higher education and issues dealing with Hispanics and the state of Florida. During his tenure, Omar assisted in founding the Congressional Hispanic Conference and the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.
In 2007, Omar joined Petrizzo Strategic Group where he was the lead government relations consultant for the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, Stratus Pharmaceuticals, Pacer Health, FalconTrust Air, Florida Gulf Coast University, Secure Wrap, Medica HealthCare Plans, and the municipalities of Hialeah, Miami Lakes and North Bay Village. He also worked on federal issues for CNL Financial Group, Vulcan, Inc., Charter Communications and Frontier Communications, among others.
Omar founded Franco Government Relations in 2010 where he represented the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the Town of Miami Lakes and continues representing the municipalities of Hialeah, North Bay Village and Hialeah Gardens.
Omar began his government service in 1993 as the District Legislative Assistant for Florida State Representatives Art Simon (Democrat) and Annie Betancourt (Democrat) and then Florida State Senator Mario Diaz-Balart (Republican). He also worked as a Field Office Director for the Florida Medical Association before joining the University of Miami.
Active in Hispanic political organizations, Omar serves as the President of the Hispanic Lobbyist Association (HLA) after having served on the Board of Directors for five years.