Jeff Franco, Vice President and Executive Director
Jeff Franco is Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization whose teams of diverse young adults commit to a year of full-time service keeping students in school and on track to graduate. Franco has nearly 25 years of experience in business development and management and has a successful track record of implementing nonprofit strategic growth and corporate business development plans. Prior to joining City Year Washington, DC, Franco was Director of Global Business Development and Project Manager at Voxiva, Senior Consultant at BearingPoint Consulting, Associate Director of Marketing and Sales at Corporate Executive Board and Consultant at International Finance Corporation.
Franco’s leadership at City Year Washington, DC has resulted in smart growth and increased service impact. Since joining the organization in 2008, he has quadrupled the number of students and schools served and doubled the size of the staff. The organization’s fundraising capacity has more than doubled, from $3 million to $6.7 million. He has led the development and implementation of a strategic plan that will again grow City Year Washington, DC’s size and impact to reach at least half of the students who drop out of school in the District.
Franco is a leader in Washington on education issues and an outspoken advocate for national service programs. His op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post and he has spoken on these issues on television broadcasts and in printed reports. Recently, he was invited by the U.S. Department of State to Paraguay and Argentina to be the keynote speaker on City Year, AmeriCorps, service and volunteerism among youth. Jeff met with Ministries of Education and Youth, leaders of education nonprofits, university and high school students during his Latin American tour. He is also an active speaker locally, with recent engagements at the National Conference on Citizenship, American University and The Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C.
Outside of his professional work, Franco is a frequent traveler, has completed five marathons, an Ironman triathlon and walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain in June 2013. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He volunteers with Covenant House Youth Homeless Shelter, Food and Friends and DC Central Kitchen. In the fall of 2013 he was named Alumni of the Year by American University’s Kogod School of Business. Franco is an alumnus of the Aspen Institute Socrates Program and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Greater Washington.
Franco has an M.A. in International Affairs and an M.B.A. from American University in Washington, DC. He received his B.A. in Political Science, Pre-Medicine and Spanish from Fairfield University in Connecticut.