Francisco Semião has over 15 years experience in organizational and program management. He holds a master of science from Marymount University’s School of Business Administration and a master of public health from The George Washington University. Since 2000, he has been working in the field of health care administration in Washington, DC with tours at the DC Department of Health, George Washington University Medical Center, Inova Health System, and where he is currently stationed - MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the largest hospital in the Nation’s Capital.
Francisco is also the founder of the National Organization of Portuguese Americans through which he helps to represent the interests of the Portuguese-Americans by providing capacity building tools and resources to local community organizations, serving as an advocate on Capitol Hill and working to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Portugal. He has also been responsible for procuring and managing over 50 millions of dollars in grants and contracts. His honors include receiving the Marymount University Outstanding Recent Graduate Award in 2011 and The George Washington Alumni Association Award in 2002, and being inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society in Health Care Administration in 2005, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in 2003, and Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society in 2000. In recognition of his work advocating for Portuguese-American interests, Francisco was knighted and inducted into the Portuguese Royal Order of Saint Michael in 2007.