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Compass Working Capital, General Counsel

Compass Working Capital ( provides savings and financial coaching programs that support families with low incomes to build assets and financial capabilities as a pathway to greater economic opportunity, and out of poverty. Its broader vision is to build a leading, nonprofit financial services organization that promotes economic mobility and financial security for families with low incomes by influencing field-related practice and policy. Betty joined Compass as General Counsel in November 2017. In this role, she serves as the organization’s chief legal advisor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs. She also supports the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion work.  

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FitNation Ventures, CEO & Founder

FitNation Ventures is a boutique consulting practice focused on developing innovative fitness and wellness programming for youth in the greater Boston area. In 2015, FitNation launched Reimagine Play (, a Boston-based fitness start-up that provides fun, play-inspired fitness and obstacle training experiences for children and families, and as part of after-school programs, camps and events. Reimagine Play is developing a new obstacle training center that will offer ninja warrior-inspired obstacle courses with varying levels of difficulty, youth and adult fitness classes and event space under one roof. 

Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC,
EVP & General Counsel

Betty served as General Counsel and member of the senior executive team for Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY, a luxury fitness and lifestyle brand with seven clubs nationwide which was acquired by Equinox Fitness in 2015. In this role, Betty advised the CEO and Board of Directors on all major business initiatives, strategic partnerships, development, and mergers and acquisitions. She managed all major business transactions, risk management, member and tenant relationships, governance, and commercial contracts. She was also a key partner to marketing, sales, operations and human resources in the development and launch of high profile initiatives, including new sales programs and brand partnerships.

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Locke Lord, Senior Business Associate

Betty began her legal career as a Senior Business Associate at Edwards Wildman Palmer ( where she developed expertise in corporate and securities matters, with a focus on venture capital financings, private placements, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and asset dispositions. She represented both venture capital funds and domestic and foreign companies in structuring and negotiating equity and debt financings, public and private mergers, acquisitions, and other business combinations ranging from $50M to $1B in purchase price.


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Betty Francisco is a recognized community leader and diversity champion. She serves on a number of non-profit and advisory boards in greater Boston with a focus on youth, education, entrepreneurship and women’s advancement. She is the co-founder of Latina Circle, a non-profit social venture 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 leadership representation across business, civic and government sectors. As part of its work, the Latina Circle facilitates connections between organizations seeking Latinx talent for board service and leadership positions.

Betty is a member of the Board of Directors of Beth Israel Lahey Health, the second largest health care system in Massachusetts. 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; the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College; the Board of Ambassadors of Eastern Bank; and the Investment Committee of Boston Impact Initiative Fund, which invests integrated capital in regenerative local enterprises. She is also 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.

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I believe in leading by example around a shared vision. I strive to create a team culture that values diversity of talent, ideas, and backgrounds. I demand excellence, integrity, and accountability, all while maintaining a fun and playful environment.



Identifying a problem is a science but providing tangible solutions is an art. I am results-oriented and always find practical ways to turn business problems into opportunities. I am not afraid to take on the unknown and investigate solutions.



I think like a business owner. I seek opportunities to grow the business and elevate the brand internally and externally. My approach is to anticipate trends and challenges and provide a strategic path for success.



I am adept at connecting individuals and businesses to open doors that foster mutually beneficial relationships. I am a role model, sponsor, mentor, or mentee, depending on the day. I believe in our shared responsibility to champion others so they achieve their potential.



I am an artist by training. I weave my creativity in everything I do – from how I think through a problem to the end result. I often look at divergent ideas and mix out-of-the box concepts to drive innovation.



I am a skilled business executive and talented attorney. I can manage multicultural teams, create strategic plans, cultivate business, negotiate acquisitions, or fight a battle if necessary. I thrive on challenges, especially those that fuel my natural curiosity and penchant for lifelong learning.

Awards & Recognition

  • E for All Award for Reimagine Play
E for All BEtty award