The OCO is created to foster unity of purpose and networking among the Oromo people, and to promote the preservation, continuity and development of the Oromo language, culture and traditions. Founded on the enduring concept of Oromuma, the OCO serves the interests of all Oromos.
Cognizant of the national and international threats to the continuity of Oromo identity, language, culture, and history due to oppression, assimilation, and loss of affiliation, the OCO mission transcends the physical borders of its Washington D.C. area. The OCO management seeks to strengthen the Oromo identity, and values in cooperation with other Oromo communities in North America and around the world. The specific objectives are:
OCO elects its leaders annually through a democratic process. This includes the board of directors, executive committee, and various functional sub committee.