Omar Suarez is a nonprofit professional and social justice advocate with seven years of experience in the civic and social change sectors. Currently, Omar is a National Urban Fellow at the Surdna Foundation, with its Inclusive Economies program, where he focuses on issues relating to entrepreneurs of color, equitable economic development, and the future of work. As a National Urban Fellow, Omar is completing a Master in Policy Management degree from the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.
Previously, Omar served as Program Director for Dominicanos USA in New York, a Latino-funded initiative dedicated to advancing the civic engagement of Dominican immigrants and Dominican descended individuals in the US. He specializes in projects that deal with Hispanic outreach, civic engagement and mobilization, and voter database management. Thanks to this work, he has been featured in media outlets such as NBC Latino, WNYC/NPR, NY1, Bronx12, and Bronxnet. In addition, Omar is a polished public speaker who has presented to audiences of fellow non-profit professionals, elected officials, students, funders, and policymakers regarding issues related to Hispanic voter engagement, Census mobilization, and naturalization initiatives.
Omar was born in the Corona, Queens neighborhood of New York City to Dominican immigrant parents and has resided in the Bronx for the past 15 years. He is an active member of his local community, where he encourages civic engagement through the grassroots political organization Bronx Progressives and sits on the Bronx DemocraticParty County Committee. He also mentors Bronx high school students through the iMentor NYC program. In 2012 Omar graduated from Baruch College (CUNY) with a baccalaureate degree in political science and a minor in economics. He speaks English and Spanish.