General Counsel, Compass Working Capital
Co-Founder, Latina Circle dba Amplify Latinx
Betty Francisco is a seasoned business executive, attorney and community leader. She has over 20 years of experience advising start-ups, non-profits, fitness centers, life sciences and technology companies in the areas of legal, compliance, risk management, operations and human resources. She has extensive business and legal experience preparing companies for financings, including debt and equity offerings and mergers and acquisitions. She is also an entrepreneur, angel investor and board member of several organizations, giving her the ability to understand new businesses quickly, and guide strategy and growth. She is a frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion in the legal and business sector, entrepreneurship and angel investing.
She serves on the Board of Beth Israel Lahey Health, the second largest health care system in Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College, the Board of Corporators of Eastern Bank, and the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston YMCA.
Betty is currently the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital where she oversees the organization’s legal affairs and national network. She is the CEO of Reimagine Play, a startup that offers fitness programming for children and families in Greater Boston. Previously, she served as EVP, General Counsel for Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY, a fitness brand acquired by Equinox Fitness. There, Betty built the company’s legal department and advised the C-suite and Board on all major business initiatives, development, and acquisitions. Betty began her legal career as a Senior Business Law Associate at Edwards Wildman, representing start-ups, corporations and investors in financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Betty is also an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of women investors focused on creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. She is a member of the Investment Committee of Boston Impact Initiative Fund, which invests integrated capital in regenerative local enterprises.
Betty is also involved with a number of non-profit organizations. She is the co-founder of Latina Circle, a Boston-based network that is advancing Latina leaders across industries into positions of power and influence, and which launched the Amplify Latinx initiative to increase Latino civic engagement, leadership representation and economic opportunity. She is an advisory member for the Boston Women’s Commission under Mayor Martin Walsh, and an Advisory Council member for The Capital Network.
In 2018, Boston Magazine named her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston. She has received awards from the Hispanic National Bar Association (2019), GetKonnected GK100: Greater Boston’s Most Influential People of Color (2018), State Street Corporation’s Community Award (2017), Women’s Bar Association’s Pioneering Women in the Law Award (2017), Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law Award (2012) and In-House Leader in the Law (2010). She has been featured in the Boston Magazine, Boston Business Journal, and Hispanic Executive Magazine.
Betty obtained her JD and MBA from Northeastern University, and her BA in History from Bard College. She is fluent in Spanish and resides in Dorchester.