Betty Francisco

General Counsel, Compass Working Capital
Co-Founder, Latina Circle and Amplify Latinx
CEO of Reimagine Play

Betty Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. She is known as a powerful convener and collaborator, unapologetic about creating visibility for the growing Latinx business and civic community in Massachusetts. In 2018, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston and GetKonnected honored her to the GK100: Greater Boston’s Most Influential People of Color list.

Currently, Betty is the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital where she serves as the organization’s chief legal advisor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs. As an attorney, she has over 17 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 began her legal career as a Senior Business Law Associate at Edwards Wildman, one of Boston’s largest law firms representing start-ups, corporations and investors. Betty is also an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors focused on creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. She was also selected in September 2015 to participate in Babson College’s Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab, a yearlong residency program for women entrepreneurs.

Betty is also a dedicated community leader who has been involved with a number of non-profit and civic leadership organizations. She is the co-founder of Latina Circle, a Boston-based network that is advancing Latina leaders across industries into positions of power and influence, and which recently launched the Amplify Latinx initiative to increase Latino civic engagement and political representation. Amplify Latinx has received awards for its work as GK10’s Equity Changing Ideas, State Street Corporation Latina American Professional Group (LAPG) and Ms. JD Magazine.

She is a 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 Foundation, and the Board of Corporators of Eastern Bank. She serves as an advisory member for the Boston Women’s Commission under Mayor Martin Walsh. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for The Capital Network, Project 99, and Bentley University’s School of Arts and Sciences. She previously served on the Boards of YWCA Boston, ALPFA Boston and Association of Corporate Counsel – Northeast Chapter.

Betty is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the Women’s Bar Association’s Pioneering Women in the Law Award (2017); ALPFA Boston’s Excellence in the Community Award (2014); IBA’s Jorge Hernandez Leadership Award in the corporate category (2013); Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Top Woman in the Law” Award (2012) and “In-House Leader in the Law” (2010); and Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys’ Latino Leadership Award (2011).  El Planeta Newspaper also named Betty one of the 100 most influential Latinos in 2017 and 2012. She has been featured in the Boston Business Journal, Bay State Banner 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 Boston with her husband and two daughters.