Executive Director of Jobs for the Future Labs & CivStart Board Member
Kristina Francis is the Executive Director of Jobs For the Future Labs. In this role she oversees advisory, acceleration, data, and investing initiatives that connect traditional systems with systems disruptors to enable equitable economic mobility.
Kristina brings over 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience focused on management consulting, business development, software and data integration, and impact investing competencies. Prior to joining Jobs for the Future, Kristina served in a variety of roles of escalating authority with EsteemLogic, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, General Dynamics, and American Institutes for Research. In these roles, Kristina managed business portfolios between $10-80M and was charged with driving growth, developing strong delivery teams, implementing innovative and collaborative systems, and activating cross-sector partnerships.
Kristina’s passion for education, empowerment, and wealth building. Kristina wants to make sure that all people, especially women, have pathways to education and reliable pathways to solid jobs that lead to careers and economic advancement. For some adults this may mean learning new skills at community college, obtaining a 4 year degree online, positioning for promotion with an employer, or pursuing entrepreneurship as a career.
Kristina serves on the following board roles: Board Chair of Black Girl Ventures; Board Member of CivStart. Kristina is also a Managing Member of The Marathon Fund, an early stage VC fund; Member of Pipeline Angels; and co-host of the Get Found Get Funded podcast.
Kristina received her BA from Georgetown University in Psychology and MS from George Washington University in Information Systems Management. Kristina enjoys watching “This is Us” with her husband (Elliott) and raising her children Nyla and Evan to fully operate in their genius! She also enjoys time with her 5 year-old Newfoundland, Onyx.