Omar J. Negrón Ocasio is a student at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, known for his leadership, community service and outgoing personality. Omar’s love for community service, business innovation and politics began during his high school years. He was the state president for Future Business Leaders of America, where he received many awards including the America Award of Leadership and the Achievement Award of Community Service. He volunteered for March of Dimes as a youth leader for fundraising and finance, breaking the fundraising record for the youth March of Dimes event by raising more than $50,000 in one day.
In 2015, he started his studies in the School of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras with majors in Accounting and Human Resources. He became a member of Enactus, and acted as project manager for “La Percha 704,” a second-hand clothing store dedicated to generating income opportunities for homeless people in San Juan. Omar was recognized as “Rookie of the year” by his Enactus team, and presented the economic project impact at the Enactus Puerto Rico Topics Competition 2016, achieving the first place in the category. He went on to become president of Enactus UPR Rio Piedras and was recognized as Student of the Year. Alongside other team members, Omar created Remora – a project dedicated to tackling clean water and sanitations problems in Puerto Rico through an innovative machine and an educational water conservation program. Remora was one of the top 12 projects in the Enactus World Water Race in 2017, and has impacted more than 500 people.
Omar is currently interning as a resource analyst with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the satellite servicing projects division. Last year, NASA awarded Omar with the Best Operational Function Project, chosen from among 450 interns. In the future, Omar plans to earn a master’s degree in public administration with focus on public finance, social and environmental policy.