Francis develops and oversees CEW’s programs for postsecondary education and workforce development. She manages its Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative and its 250 + member National Learning Network of TPM practitioners. Francis is a faculty member for the TPM Academy®, an in-person training for state and local chamber, business association, and economic development agency leaders, as well as employers, to learn the TPM approach to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on industry need.
Francis authored Learning to Work, Working to Learn, which highlights how employers can become more active participants in their higher education partnerships, and The Path Forward: Forging Partnerships to Improve Education, a guide on brokering partnerships between nontraditional allies. In addition, she was instrumental on the research team for the publication Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education, focusing on transparency and accountability. She also oversaw the reprisal of the first Leaders & Laggards, which examined K−12 educational effectiveness.
Earlier in her career, Francis worked for the Division of Student and Academic Support Services at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She began her career as an admissions counselor for her undergraduate alma mater, Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology. She received her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
Originally from Tallahassee, Florida, Francis lives in Washington, D.C.