Kristina Francis

Executive Director, JFFLabs

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Kristina Francis is the executive director of JFFLabs. In this role, she oversees advisory, acceleration, data, and investing initiatives that connect traditional systems with systems disruptors to enable equitable economic mobility.

Kristina has more than 20 years of experience in corporate operations and entrepreneurial ventures focused on management consulting, business development, software and data integration, and impact investing competencies.

Before joining JFF, Kristina served in a variety of roles of escalating authority with EsteemLogic, Booz Allen Hamilton, SAIC, General Dynamics, and American Institutes for Research. In those positions, she managed business portfolios valued between $10 million and $80 million and was charged with driving growth, developing strong delivery teams, implementing innovative and collaborative systems, and activating cross-sector partnerships.

Kristina has a passion for education, empowerment, and wealth building. She wants to make sure that all people, especially women, have pathways to education and reliable pathways to solid jobs that lead to rewarding careers and economic advancement. For some adults, this may mean learning new skills at community college, obtaining a four-year degree online, working toward a promotion with an employer, or pursuing entrepreneurship as a career.

Kristina serves as chair of the board of Black Girl Ventures and is a member of the board of CivStart. She is also a managing member of The Marathon Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund; a member of Pipeline Angels; and a co-host of the Get Found Get Funded podcast.

When she’s not at work, 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.