Business in the Nations’ Capital – More than just politics with Angela Franco from the DC Chamber

When Angela Franco was a growing up in Columbia, her father would tell her, “Don’t think that you’re better than anybody else. If you want to go someplace, you’re going to have to work for it.”  That made her upset at the time, but it turned out to be a gift – to keep her grounded and treat others with respect. Now as the DC Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Angela works with companies of all sizes and leaders of all backgrounds to grow the Washington DC business and entrepreneurship community.


Donald Thompson: Welcome to the Donald Thompson Podcast. I am really excited about today’s opportunity to share with Angela Franco, president and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce. Angela, welcome to the show. 

Angela Franco, DC Chamber: Thank you so much for inviting me. I’m very excited to be here. 

Don: Oh, fantastic. One of the things Angela that we like to do, and we’ll kind of balance our time together, uh, into three levels. First I want to give you some space and really just share about you as an individual. Then we’ll talk a little bit about the business and the work of the chamber. And then we’ll talk about a couple of global things that are going on and kind of wrap things up.

So first talk to us a little bit about you. Family, education, where are you from? Anything that we wouldn’t necessarily see on the LinkedIn profile? 

Angela: Oh, yeah. So I was born in Berkeley, California. And my dad was getting his PhD in education. We moved back to Columbia right after I was less than a year old. I was under a year old and that’s where I grew up. I did school. I went to an American only, girls, run by nuns school. Okay. So we always talk about the guilt that we grew up with, with all my girlfriends. 

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