Frances works closely with Managing Directors to support relationships with investees, including facilitating the development of scaling plans and providing counsel on execution. She also helps to source and conduct due diligence on new investment opportunities and collaborates on innovation initiatives to expand Blue Meridian’s work, with a focus on Place Matters.
Most recently, Frances was a Senior Associate, Portfolio Strategy & Initiatives at Blue Meridian. Prior to that, Frances was a Senior Vice President for Citi Community Investing and Development, where she managed partnerships with municipal offices and nonprofit organizations aimed at strengthening financial inclusion and economic opportunity in low-income communities. Before this, Frances served as Chief of Staff for the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, the City of New York’s liaison to the United Nations, foreign governments, and New York’s diplomatic and consular community. During her graduate studies, Frances completed a public service fellowship at the NYC Department of Small Business Services and conducted urban policy research at PolicyLink and the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.
Frances previously managed advocacy campaigns, capacity building programs, and community-driven research projects at the New York Immigration Coalition, Center for Social Inclusion, and Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project. She currently serves on the board of Hester Street, a nonprofit that devotes urban planning, design and development expertise to support community-led change.
Frances received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MPA from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.