Omar was born in Washington Heights, New York City to hard-working immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic. His father worked factory jobs until he saved enough to start his own business, where he helped bring a small Bronx community together. His mother, affectionately known to the neighborhood as “La Mujer de los Bizcochos (Lady of the Cakes)”, baked and sold cakes from home while taking care of their three children.

 

When he was nine-years-old, a family friend acquired a computer and paid Omar to translate the computer documentation from English to Spanish. This sparked Omar’s passion for technology, a  spark that was fanned into a flame by the educators at New York City public schools, mentorship, and educational activities provided by local non-profit organizations. In 2001, Omar graduated from the State University of New York at Farmingdale with an Associates degree in Business and Computer Information Systems.

Omar’s career in technology started with a summertime job patching systems for the Y2K bug at an Ivy League university. After graduating from college, Omar’s skill and desk-side manner earned him a full-time position as desktop support. Throughout his career, Omar has facilitated the merge between humanity and technology. Omar's work in academia, healthcare, and the private sector helped him understand the importance of a free and open internet; keeping the network online could mean the difference between life and death or billions of dollars in losses. Yet, as important as the internet has become for our freedom of speech, our livelihoods, and our health, leadership in Washington continues to treat it as a novelty.

Our current leadership seems more preoccupied fighting each other and the same divisive issues from the 1990's than tackling the issues Americans face today. Their solutions do not take into account how connected the world has become and how advancements in technology threaten livelihoods.

 

Omar understands and can speak the language of the tech giants and he knows Americans of different races, political ideologies, and religions can come together. Our division weakens us and prevents us from moving forward. Together, we can bring America into the 21st century, even if we're 20 years late.

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