General Counsel, Compass Working Capital
Co-Founder, Latina Circle / Amplify Latinx
Betty Francisco is a seasoned business executive, board director, investor and community leader. She has over 22 years of experience advising high growth start-ups, non-profits, life sciences, technology and health and wellness companies in the areas of legal, compliance, risk management, operations and human resources. The Boston Business Journal named Betty as one of the 2020 Power 50 – Extraordinary Year Extraordinary People, and in 2018, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston.
As a corporate attorney, she has extensive business and legal experience negotiating and advising companies on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, licensing transactions and strategic partnerships. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Beth Israel Lahey Health, the second largest health care system in Massachusetts, and serves on the Nominating and Governance, Patient Quality and Community Benefits Committees. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, the largest philanthropy in New England dedicated exclusively to education; the Board of Directors of the Boston Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation; and the Investment Committee of Boston Impact Initiative Fund, which invests integrated capital in regenerative local enterprises. She is also a co-founder of the Investors of Color Network (ICN), which is building an ecosystem of Black and Latinx accredited investors to close the racial funding gap in start-up capital, and an angel investor with Pipeline Angels and Portfolia.
Betty is currently the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital, a financial services non-profit that provides financial coaching and asset building programs for families with low incomes. She oversees the organization’s legal affairs and supports board development, human resources and strategic initiatives. She founded 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 national, luxury fitness brand acquired by Equinox Fitness. There, Betty built the company’s legal department and advised the C-suite and Board on all major business initiatives, development, and acquisitions, including the opening of a new club location and sale to Equinox. Betty began her legal career as a Senior Business Law Associate at Edwards Wildman, representing start-ups, corporations and investors in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters.
Betty is also involved deeply involved in the community. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College and the Board of Ambassadors of Eastern Bank. She is the co-founder and board chair of Amplify Latinx / Latina Circle, a social venture that is building economic and political power within the Latinx community in Massachusetts. She is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank’s New England Community Development Advisory Council, an Advisory Member for the Boston Women’s Commission and Supplier Diversity Council under Mayor Martin Walsh, and Advisory Member for LISC Boston and The Capital Network.
In 2018, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston. She has received awards from the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Circle of Excellence Award (2020), Top Women of Law Award (2012) and In-House Leader in the Law (2010); uAspire First Ones Honoree (2020); the Hispanic National Bar Association Leadership Award (2019); GetKonnected GK100: Greater Boston’s Most Influential People of Color (2018); State Street Corporation’s Community Award (2017); and Women’s Bar Association’s Pioneering Women in the Law Award (2017). She has been featured in Boston Magazine, Boston Business Journal, Boston Globe and Hispanic Executive Magazine.
Betty obtained her JD and MBA from Northeastern University, and her BA in History from Bard College. She is fluent in Spanish and resides in Dorchester, MA.