The board and staff of the Center for Law and Education are delighted to announce that, effective today, November 27th, Fran Smith is joining CLE as its managing director. Fran is a community organizer, a nonprofit manager, and a facilitative leader for racial justice. She began her work as a pro school desegregation student organizer in the 70’s in Boston. Since that time she has worked in the nonprofit and public sector. During the 1980s she led community based youth development projects using media, popular culture, and peer leadership development to help youth identify and navigate racism and gain skills that enabled them to achieve their aspirations. In the 90’s Fran worked on local and national education reform projects promoting equity, excellence, and parent involvement in urban school districts. More recently Fran has been a resource development specialist successfully major funds to support grassroots education and racial justice organizing. And prior to coming to CLE, she worked as a development manager within the Boston Public Schools. Fran was awarded a Community Fellowship from Tufts University where she obtained her Master of Public Policy.
Paul Weckstein, Executive Director