Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 5.39.52 PM Angela Franco, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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Angela was born in Berkeley, California.

She was named President & CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on November 1, 2009. She has moved to solidify the GWHCC funding and has grown the base of businesses and membership. During her tenure, the Chamber has grown its funding, programs and operations, and has significantly increased the Chamber’s membership, visibility and business impact. Under Angela’s leadership, the Chamber’s programs, trainings and matchmaking network have helped the establishment and growth of hundreds of area small and medium-sized businesses. The Chamber was named 2013 Hispanic Chamber of the Year (Mid-Size) by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Over the past few years, Angela has received several prestigious professional recognitions. Most recently, she was elected as a Trustee of the Pan American Development Foundation. In the fall of 2014, the Washington Redskins and Verizon honored her with the NFL Hispanic Leadership Award as part of Hispanic Heritage month. Earlier in the year, The Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council recognized Angela with the Champions of Character !Scouting Vale La Pena! Service Award for her demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of scouting opportunities for Hispanic youth.

In February 2013, the highly regarded Washington Business Journal named Angela a 2012 Minority Business Leader Award recipient. A significant personal and professional achievement, the annual distinction honors the area’s top minority business leaders and owners who exhibited outstanding performance over the past 12-18 months. She was also recognized in 2013 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation with the Hispanic Business Community Award for Excellence and by DCTV as a DC Illuminator for her dedication to community.

In October 2013, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation recognized Angela with the Hispanic Business Community Award for Excellence. Also in 2013, DCTV named Angela a DC Illuminator, which honors individuals who, through their exemplary careers, volunteerism and public service, work to improve and enhance the overall well-being of the community. In 2012, she was honored as one of 50 Powerful US and International Business Executives by the Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine, recognizing executives making headlines in their fields while demonstrating professional excellence.

In 2014, was appointed to the Maryland Economic Development Commission and in 2013 to the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Other distinctions include member of the Executive Committee of Destination DC, the lead organization to manage and market the nation’s capital as a premier global destination center, with special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historical communities. Angela also serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, which promotes business opportunities throughout the District and contributes to business retention and attraction activities. Angela is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Greater Washington and was also chosen that year as a member of the United Way National Capital Area Board

Angela began her professional career in the financial world in 1989, where she worked in insurance and banking for over 18 years. The majority of her roles were customer relationship management and business development. She moved to the United States for the second time in May 2001, where she worked at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, followed by seven years at BB&T in different management positions, including the Manager of the Multi-Cultural Market. She also championed the Hispanic initiative for BB&T in the DC Metro Region.

Angela has a degree in Business Administration from CESA University and holds a Master’s in Finance from EAFIT University (both very prestigious universities in Colombia). She complemented her advanced degree in finance with specialized coursework at the Banking School at Wake Forest University and holds a degree in Life Coaching from the Newfield Network, in Denver, CO.

Angela is married to G. Brent Gulick and resides in Rockville, MD with her husband and son.


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