Fran joined the Center in 2014 and is responsible for ensuring that the Center’s U.S. policy, advocacy, and litigation work is informed and guided by relevant public health and social science research. In addition to tracking current research and trends, she provides research support on legislative and advocacy projects and serves as a point of contact between the Center and the broader research community.
Fran comes to the Center with a background in both advocacy and public health research. She was Associate Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California for several years before pursuing a masters of public health in reproductive and family health at the Mailman School at Columbia University. During the course of her MPH studies, Fran consulted with the Texas Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Texas in Austin to conduct qualitative research on barriers to reproductive health care in the state.
Fran received her BA in women’s studies and global studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.