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GWHCC Mourns the Passing of its Founder
Published Thursday, December 17, 2015
by Pamela Nieto

On December 15, 2015, Jose Antonio Font, founder of the Ibero American Chamber of Commerce (known today as the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) died after a long battle with cancer.

“GWHCC mourns the death of our friend and founder Jose Antonio. We will continue celebrate his life and honor his legacy by empowering Hispanic businesses,” Angela Franco, GWHCC President and CEO.

Mr. Font was born in Havana, Cuba, on December 17, 1947. Between 1969 and 1971, he was personal assistant to José Elias de la Torriente during the organization of the “Plan para la Liberación de Cuba,” also known as the Plan Torriente. From 1971 to 1974, Mr. Font served as the national secretary for foreign relations for the student group Agrupación Abdala, helping to establish the Miami and Washington, DC, chapters. In 1976 he was a founder of what is today known as the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and was the founding vice president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In 1989 he helped establish the Alianza Democrática Cubana in Washington, DC, and later was a founding director of the Institute for Democracy in Cuba, funded by USAID.

José Antonio is survived by his wife Silvia and son Antonio. 



Former presidents of the GWHCC at the 36th Annual Gala 

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