The National Association for Family Child Care is thrilled to announce that Francia Wisnewski has joined our team as the new Director of Membership. Ms. Wisnewski has a long track record of support family child care educators & building programs at successful organizations, including at SEIU Education & Support Fund & Raising A Reader Massachusetts. As the Director of Membership she will coordinate all NAFCC Membership Activities and serves as a point of contact for volunteers & FCC leaders.
NAFCC’s Executive Director, Erica Phillips, shared “We’re so excited that Ms. Wisnewski has brought her talents & skills to NAFCC. She’s an experienced advocate who is passionate about creating equitable opportunities for early educators, families and children. I’m looking forward to how she will grow & strengthen our membership services for all FCC educators.”
About Francia Wisnewski
Francia Wisnewski has worked for over 25 years in nonprofits, education and community organizing.
Raised in Cali, Colombia, she was a science teacher in South America, before obtaining her Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
She is a tireless advocate for working families, community development with great passion for philanthropy centered with equity lens.
Francia serves as committed mentor to women and individuals who wish to run for office or to those who wish to participate in appointed and elected positions. Leading by example, she currently serves in boards with a mission to improve the lives of women as Commissioner Emerita of the regional Hampshire Franklin Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, as well as the Women in Leadership policy program of the UMass (UWiL). She is involved in local government as the chair of Finance Committee, and an elected Town meeting member for her precinct in her town.
Her national advocacy work has secured millions for new innovative educational workforce structures in the family childcare sector, in multiple states. Through these roles, Francia keeps elevating community leadership and moving forward opportunities for economic development.
She was one of the recipients of the 2014 BusinessWest 40 under 40, a distinction that recognize local leaders in the Pioneer Valley Communities. In November of 2019, she was nominated by both her legislator (Natalie Blais) and her Senator (Jo Comerford) as a local advocate with the Latin X Excellence in the Hill; this award was presented at the State House, supported by Speaker DeLeo and Senator Spilka. The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus to recognize local leadership of black and Latinx individuals for better policies in the Commonwealth.
Francia is an accomplished ultra-runner and enjoys running in support of altruistic causes.