Betty Francisco is a seasoned business executive, investor, and community leader. She has over 20 years of experience advising high-growth start-ups, non-profits, life sciences, technology, and health and wellness companies in the areas of legal, compliance, risk management, operations, and human resources. Betty is the incoming CEO of Boston Impact Initiative, a social impact investment fund that invests to narrow the racial wealth divide in Eastern Massachusetts. She was the general counsel at Compass Working Capital where she oversaw the organization’s legal affairs, compliance, and risk management. Before that, she served as EVP, general counsel for Sports Club/LA, and Reebok Sports Club/NY, a fitness brand acquired by Equinox Fitness. Betty began her legal career as a senior business law associate at Edwards Wildman, one of Boston’s largest law firms representing start-ups, corporations, and investors.
Betty is the co-founder of Amplify Latinx, a social venture that is building Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and leadership representation in Massachusetts. Betty is also co-founder of the Investors of Color Network, a grassroots initiative building a thriving ecosystem of Black and Latinx accredited investors to close the racial funding gap in startup capital. She serves on the boards of directors of The Boston Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Beth Israel Lahey Health, and Roxbury Community College. Betty obtained her J.D. and M.B.A. from Northeastern University and her B.A. in History from Bard College. You can learn more about Betty at http://bettyfrancisco.com.