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Angela Franco

DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX)
Senior Advisor

Angela Franco is the Senior Advisor for the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX) where she is responsible for collaborating with the Hispanic and business communities as well as local and Federal Government. 

Prior to joining DCHBX, Angela was the President and CEO of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) from 2009 to 2017. Under her leadership, the organization was strengthened and revitalized as evidenced by its dramatic membership growth from 60 members when she started to 670 members upon her departure. It also experienced a 500% increase in operating revenue during her eight years of service. She led the organization in regaining the trust of its members, partners and sponsors.  

Angela has received many prestigious honors for her accomplishments. In March of 2016, she was given the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship Award. In 2015, she earned the Local Leader Making an Impact Award from the NBC4 Washington television station. That same year, Angela was honored with the American Airlines Extra Mile Award for the positive impact she has made on the economic growth of the communities in which she lives and works. 

In 2014, Angela received the NFL Hispanic Leadership Award from the Washington Redskins and Verizon. Earlier in that year, she was recognized as a Champion of Character by receiving the Scouting Vale La Pena Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America for her commitment to providing scouting opportunities for Hispanic American and Latino youth. 

In 2013, Angela received the Hispanic Business Community Award for Nonprofit Leadership from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. That same year, she was also given the DC Illuminator Award from DCTV for demonstrated excellence in business leadership, public service, volunteerism, innovation and education.  

The highly regarded Washington Business Journal honored Angela in February 2013 by naming her the 2012 Minority Business Leader. This annual honor recognizes minority business leaders and owners in the Washington, DC area who have exhibited the best performance during the last 12 to 18 months. In 2012, the Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine named Angela as one of the 50 Most Powerful US and International Business Executives for making headlines in their fields while epitomizing professional excellence.   

Angela has served on numerous boards and commissions. She is a Board Member at Large for the United Way Capital Region and part of the Advisory Board of the Pan American 

Development Foundation and an appointee to the DC Workforce Investment Council (by the DC Mayor).  

A graduate of Leadership Montgomery and Leadership Greater Washington Angela is also a Board member of the Merit Systems Protection Board of Montgomery County. 

She is a United States citizen who held other management positions before relocating to the US from Bogotá, Colombia. She is also a Certified Life Coach, and a John Maxwell certified trainer, coach and speaker.