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In the news: Betty Francisco

In the news: Betty Francisco
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The Boston Foundation has announced the appointment of Betty Francisco to its board of directors. Francisco and Tracy Palandjian will replace longtime Board Chair Sandra Edgerley and Rev. Gregory Groover, who are both rotating off after 10 years as directors. 

“While the Board loses two remarkable leaders in Sandy and Greg, we are fortunate to be joined by new directors the caliber of Betty and Tracy,” said Linda Mason, incoming chair of the board. “Betty comes to the Foundation with thorough expertise in the critical needs of the region’s communities of color, and Tracy joins us as one of the nation’s preeminent leaders in social and impact investing. They both will provide valuable insights as we move the foundation into a new era of unprecedented challenges.”

Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. She is known as a powerful convener and changemaker, unapologetic about creating visibility for Latinx and people of color. She currently is general counsel at Compass Working Capital, serving as the organization’s chief legal advisor.

Francisco is also the co-founder of Latina Circle, a Boston-based network advancing Latina leaders across industries into positions of power and influence, and which recently launched the Amplify Latinx initiative to increase Latino civic engagement and political representation. She is a member of the board of trustees of Roxbury Community College, the board of corporators of Eastern Bank, the board of directors of the Greater Boston YMCA and the board of directors of Boston Educational Development Foundation. She serves as an advisory member for the Boston Women’s Commission under Mayor Martin Walsh. She is also a member of the advisory council for The Capital Network and Bentley University’s School of Arts and Sciences.

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