Frances Walker began her career as an international tour director, conducting tours throughout Europe and North America. Subsequent to relocating to the United States, she earned a bachelor's in psychology and social work from the University of South Florida and a master's in international affairs from Florida State University.
For the past 15 years, Frances has dedicated her professional work to public health, including two years as a domestic violence counselor at The Spring of Tampa Bay and six years administering the statewide perinatal HIV prevention program for the Florida Department of Health. In 2005 she relocated to Seattle, where she began employment with the International Training and Education Center for Health, University of Washington, managing the Haiti and Ethiopia programs. She also became a steering committee member of the Northwest Microbicide Coalition.
Since 2007, Frances has worked as an independent consultant; her projects include national trainings with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2008-09 she spent four months overseas as a volunteer program manager for the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative.
Frances decided to pursue an MBA in sustainable business at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. In 2010 she was awarded a fellowship from the Investors' Circle MBA Venture Fellow program. Frances is now focusing on economic development and poverty alleviation in developing countries. She is excited to serve as a board member for CEN and believes the fundamental community work accomplished by the organization is crucial to long-term, sustainable economic development.
Frances' resume (113 KB .pdf)