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Director of National Programs
Francella serves as the Director of National Programs for the Friends of the American Latino Museum, where she manages the outreach, advocacy strategy, and fundraising events to bring this museum closer to reality. She is a Director at The Raben Group, a progressive government affairs and communications consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where she works with a portfolio of clients seeking to build consensus and get results among coalitions and their unlikely allies for issues ranging from diversity and inclusion in the environmental sector to enhancing access to affordable healthcare for all.
By combining her training in policy analysis with her work experience in grassroots organizations like LULAC and philanthropic groups like the California Community Foundation, Francella is able to easily translate complicated advocacy issues and programs across sectors to meet the goals of her clients.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica and raised in Southern California, Francella earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She returned home to California to complete a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California. She serves as the Board Chair of the Esperanza Education Fund, and was selected as a 2014 Hispanic Leader by the Embassy of Spain and as a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and Aspen Ideas Award Finalist.