Director of Research, Reproductive Rights
Fran’s thirteen year career in reproductive rights and health spans the fields of public health, policy, and advocacy. As Associate Director of Research she works to connect reproductive health researchers and state legislators to improve knowledge and advocacy around evidence based policy. Prior to joining SiX, Fran was the Senior Manager of Research at the Center for Reproductive Rights for five and a half years, where she served a bridging role between the public health/social science/clinical research world and the state and national policy/legal work of the Center on dozens of campaigns and cases, including Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt at the US Supreme Court. Fran received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in 2013 where she focused her studies on the impact of abortion and family planning restrictions in the states. She conducted state-wide qualitative research with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project and has worked on research projects for the NYC Department of Health and NYU. Before training in Public Health, Fran was the Associate Director of Public Affairs for the Silicon Valley and Coastal region of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte from 2007-2011 where she managed grassroots, legislative, and ballot initiative advocacy for a 14 health center region. Fran is currently serving her second year as a co-chair of the Abortion Taskforce at the American Public Health Association.