Omar Suarez is a nonprofit professional and social justice advocate with seven years of experience in the civic and social change sectors. Currently, Omar serves as Program Director for Dominicanos USA in New York, the only fully Latino-funded organization dedicated to advancing the civic engagement of a Hispanic national origin group 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.