A Former Foster Child
Omar was born in San Diego, 10 weeks premature, and he wouldn’t be here today without the support of a strong community. With his birth mother unable to care for him, Omar grew up with over 100 foster brothers and sisters and learned early in life the importance of diverse experiences and nurturing adults for people to succeed.
A Public Health Background
Omar has a lifelong commitment to serving our community. Omar has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and evaluated public health and social service programs. While in college, Omar worked as an in-home healthcare aide for the developmentally disabled and as a Certified Nurses Aide at a Veterans Administration Medical Center.
A Progressive Business & Community Leader
Omar has spent the last decade working to stimulate and foster local businesses, including the craft beer community and provide workers with a path to advancing their dreams and careers. As a land use attorney, he has also seen firsthand that progressive change on affordable housing and green building practices go hand-in-hand with creating jobs and boosting our economy.
A Neighborhood Fixture
Omar and his wife live in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, California, where Omar served on the Board of the North Park Community Association for 10 years, including two as its President. Omar is a member of the San Diego Youth Homelessness Consortium Steering Committee and the Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana Chapter Advisory Board. He has been a board member of the San Diego Workforce Partnership, CDC Small Business Finance and the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association.