Omari Hardy is a native of South Florida and a 4th generation educator.
Until just recently, he was a public-school teacher. He taught civics at Roosevelt Community Middle School and was a proud, dues-paying member of the local teacher’s union, the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association (CTA).
He now works at the Housing Center of the Palm Beaches, which is committed to addressing local housing needs through housing development including, publicly assisted housing, senior housing, veteran housing, apartments and single-family homes. There, he manages a partnership between the Palm Beach County School District and the West Palm Beach Housing Authority to ensure that children who live in public housing receive the educational resources they need to achieve their full potential.
Omari Hardy was elected to the Lake Worth Beach City Commission in 2017, and since his election, he has been a strong voice for working class Lake Worthians. In particular, he has pushed to fund more affordable housing and to provide legal counsel to families facing eviction. He also championed a community ID program that allows undocumented immigrants in Lake Worth Beach to get local identification cards so that they can access city services. Additionally, he has offered innovative solutions to reducing gun violence and addressing the opioid and sober home crisis.
Omari currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County; as a Member of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council; and as 2nd Vice President of the Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials, where has worked to build consensus among local elected officials to reform and defund policing in Palm Beach County.
Omari Hardy has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics and a Minor in Philosophy from the University of Miami. (Go ‘Canes!)