Betty Francisco is business executive, impact investor and community leader. She is known as a powerful convener and changemaker, unapologetic about creating visibility for entrepreneurs and investors of color. The Boston Business Journal named Betty as one of the 2020 Power 50 – Extraordinary Year Extraordinary People, and in 2022, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston.
Betty is currently the CEO of Boston Impact Initiative, a social impact investment fund that invests to close the racial wealth divide in Eastern Massachusetts. She is the co-founder of Amplify Latinx, a social venture that is building Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latino civic engagement, economic opportunity and leadership representation in Massachusetts.
She was the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital where she oversaw the organization’s legal affairs, compliance, and risk management. She founded Reimagine Play, a startup that offers fitness programming for children and families in Greater Boston. Before that, she served as EVP, General Counsel for Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY, a fitness brand acquired by Equinox Fitness. Betty began her legal career as a Senior Business Law Associate at Edwards Wildman (now Locke Lord) representing start-ups, corporations and investors. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Beth Israel Lahey Health, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, The Boston Foundation, and Roxbury Community College.
Specialty in impact investing, finance, startups, contracts, legal and governance. Key skills include: Entrepreneurship, Investing, Leadership, Strategic Partnerships, Brand Marketing, Fund Development, Board Governance, Relationship Management, Operations, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Diversity & Inclusion Strategy.