Betty Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. She is known as a powerful convener and changemaker, unapologetic about creating visibility for Latinx and people of color. In 2018, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston and GetKonnected honored her by selecting her to the GK100: Greater Boston’s Most Influential People of Color list.
As an attorney, she has over 18 years of experience advising health clubs, life sciences, and technology companies in the areas of legal, compliance, risk management, operations, and human resources. Most recently, Betty served as the CEO and Founder of FitNation Ventures, a business and legal consulting practice focused on advising health and fitness companies, and which launched Reimagine Play, a startup that offers fitness programming for children and families in Greater Boston. Previously, she served as EVP, General Counsel for Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY, a fitness brand acquired by Equinox Fitness. Betty joined Compass as General Counsel in November 2017. In this role, she serves as the organization’s chief legal advisor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs.
Betty is also the co-founder of Latina Circle, a non-profit social venture advancing and championing Latinas into positions of leadership, influence and impact. She holds a B.A. in History from Bard College and a J.D. and M.B.A. from Northeastern University. Betty is also member of the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College, the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston YMCA, the Board of Directors of Boston Educational Development Fund and the Board of Corporators of Eastern Bank. She serves as an advisory member for the Boston Women’s Commission under Mayor Martin Walsh, the Advisory Council for The Capital Network and Bentley University’s School of Arts and Sciences. Betty has also served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Boston and the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) Northeast Chapter, where she co-chaired the Diversity Committee and Programs Committee. In addition, Betty is the former EVP of the Boston Chapter of ALPFA, the largest Latino professional organization in the country.
Betty lives in Boston with her husband Paul Francisco and their two daughters.