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Jorge Franco

Real Estate and Development | Economic Development
Chairman, president and CEO
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin | Milwaukee

Then serving as chairman of the board, Jorge Franco assumed leadership of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin in 2013 as interim president and chief executive officer. The following year, “interim” was dropped from his title, and he has led the chamber since as its president and chief executive officer. The mission of the chamber is to advocate and promote the growth of Hispanic microenterprise, small-to-midsized enterprise and corporate partners through economic, academic and workforce leadership solutions. In his role, Franco provides leadership for the interests of the state’s more than 10,000 Hispanic Business Enterprises. The chamber’s programs and services include its Revolving Loan Fund, the HCCW Empowering Latinos program and HCCW Education Fund.

In 2017, Franco assumed leadership of the U.S. Economic and Workforce Leadership Coalition in addition to his role with the HCCW. Franco says the coalition represents the interests of the nearly 100 million low-and-moderate-income consumers.