– On July 1, 2020, the DC Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors announced that Angela Franco will join the organization as the Interim President & CEO. In her new role, Franco will lead the largest and oldest Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC.
Most recently, Angela served as the Senior Advisor at the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) where she supported their business development efforts, primarily responsible for growing and strengthening relationships with the small business community. As a member of the senior team at DCHBX, she also worked with the federal and local governments.
Ms. Franco began her professional career in the insurance and banking industries, specializing in financial planning and relationship building. In November 2009, Angela became President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership, she helped the Chamber to solidify and strengthen its role with Hispanic businesses and entrepreneurs and grow its membership by hundreds of small businesses, which resulted in the GWHCC receiving the Mid-Size and Large Hispanic Chamber of the Year award from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and 2015 respectively. She has been honored as one of the 50 Most Powerful U.S. and International Business Executives by Minority Enterprise Advocate and was recognized as a leading Minority Business Leader by the Washington Business Journal.
Ajay Madan, Chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce commented “This is the perfect time for Angela to lead the Chamber. She is an executive that understands the region from different dimensions - the private, public, and Chamber sectors. She will enable the Chamber’s Board of Directors to implement the ‘Chamber of the Future’, an initiative that began in 2019, and is more necessary to our client members today. Capitalizing on the Chamber’s growth over the past few years, the Chamber is focused on providing more value to our members; ongoing advocacy on their behalf; working together to provide support, education, relevant programs, and opportunities to expand their businesses in social distanced and virtual environments; and partnering with all groups and the citizens of DC to come back from COVID-19.”