CEO and General Director, Kitanoff Group International
Omar Martin Kitanoff grew up in Moscow, Russia. At the age 11, Omar won a nationwide contest to become host of the most popular TV show broadcast across the USSR and other countries. At the same time, together with his father, an architect, artist, and musician, and mother, language teacher and leadership developer, Omar became actively involved in international cultural exchange. As part of one exchange program, Omar and his parents came to the United States in 1990; they have remained in America ever since. Here the family has conducted educational programs and over the course of several years presented to thousands of people on subjects relating to the former USSR.
During his freshman year at CSU Sacramento, Omar became interested in studying the mechanisms of bringing together government, business, and community. He interned at the Office of the District Attorney, and subsequently started working as consultant for law enforcement, government, and nonprofit agencies. In 2002, Omar formed Kitanoff Group International, a company whose focus is organization and project development and intercultural/international consulting. He has travelled extensively, is always looking for ways to bring together people from the USA and the former Soviet Republics, and is also active in the local Slavic, East European, and Central Asian communities.
Omar has founded two community organizations, SLADA (Slavic-American Democracy in Action), which serves to educate government officials and the Slavic community about each other and to promote civic participation, and CASL (Coalition of American Slavic Leaders), which was the first organization to bring together a diverse group of leaders representing many sides of Sacramento’s populous Slavic community.
Omar holds a Bachelor’s Degree from CSU, Sacramento, in Pre-Law and Intercultural Communication. He is on the Board of Directors of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, as well as Sacramento Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board. He has won several awards including Northern California’s Best of the Best prizes for his organizations – SLADA and CASL, as well as for his work in the community. Omar is an avid motorsports fan, semi-pro musician, and enjoys traveling, arts, and people.