Omar Passons is a local leader, and a lifetime San Diegan, who works every day to improve neighborhoods, to create opportunity for youth, and to make our business community more successful, more progressive, and more uniquely San Diego. Omar spent the last eleven years as a construction and land use attorney, helping businesses and public agencies improve our community.
A Lifetime San Diegan
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 was eventually adopted by his foster family – but only after the County stepped in with critical nutritional and health care interventions. He grew up in Clairemont and Lemon Grove, playing Little League at Mt. Acadia Park and attending Encanto Elementary School in Southeastern San Diego, where he met his childhood sweetheart Erin, whom he would eventually marry.
A Community Servant
Omar is not a Sacramento insider, and he is not a career politician – Omar is a homegrown leader with a lifelong commitment to serving our community. Omar grew up with more than 100 foster brothers and sisters, and from an early age he helped care for ill and disabled siblings. While in college, Omar worked as an in-home healthcare aide for the developmentally disabled and as a Certified Nurses Aide for the Veterans Administration. He also co-founded a partnership between public health and medical school students to provide public health outreach in struggling communities.
A Progressive Business Leader
Omar’s track record in the private sector proves that profitable companies, thriving employees and strong neighborhoods all go hand-in-hand. Any candidate can talk about the importance of creating good jobs, but Omar has walked the walk. Omar Passons has been a tireless neighborhood advocate and a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego Workforce Partnership where he chairs the Youth and Young Adult Committee. Omar has spent the last decade working to stimulate and foster local businesses and provide workers with a path to advancing their dreams and careers. As a land use attorney, he has 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 Erin live in the North Park neighborhood, 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 Youth Committee of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Democratic Club, Democrats for Equality and the La Jolla Indivisible chapter.
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