Time for a few questions with… Betty Francisco


“Time for a few questions with…” is an ongoing series designed to introduce Compass team members to our friends and supporters. Each month we sit down with a Compass employee to ask them a few questions about their role and their experience at Compass.

Betty Francisco is General Counsel at Compass Working Capital. She comes to her role with 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.

AW: What initially made you want to work at Compass?

BF: I had met Sherry Riva, Compass Founder and Executive Director, in 2015 and was incredibly impressed by the work that Compass was doing to help families with low incomes and women in particular gain financial self-sufficiency. As someone who grew up in subsidized housing, I was drawn to the work Compass was doing and the impact that it has on families. The opportunity to help Compass continue growing its work nationally was of especially great interest to me and is why I wanted to join the team.

AW: What are your favorite parts of working at Compass?

BF: My favorite part is the collaborative culture where we value other people’s opinions, gain their insights and incorporate them into the work. I’m also inspired by our approach to continuous learning and innovation. Not many non-profits think about how to innovate or how to weave design-thinking into processes and that’s something that I love about Compass. We have an entrepreneurial mindset, innovative spirit and willingness to take risks.

AW: When it comes to the nitty-gritty of your day, what are some of your favorite tasks and areas of responsibility? And why?

BF: Although I am Compass’ legal counsel, I am given the opportunity to touch on other aspects of our organization including risk management, information security and human resources so one of my most favorite projects has been the opportunity to help shape our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan and to implement it together with our team.

AW: How is Compass different from your previous places of work?

BF: This is my first time working in a non-profit. I come from a corporate/legal background which can sometimes be very conservative and highly structured. At Compass, while we focus on the pursuit of excellence and innovation it is also very open, welcoming and less bureaucratic which is refreshing.

Fun Facts about Betty:

• If I could sing a duet with a famous singer it would be Marc Anthony and we would sing Vivir Mi Vida.

• The person that really inspires me is Justice Sonia Sotomayor because she exemplifies resilience, authenticity and #WiseLatina power.