Prior to founding Blueshift in 2016, Fran worked for over 25 years in education – in classrooms and with schools, cultural institutions and as a leader in the non-profit sector – developing resources, training educators and facilitating community conversations. As Co-Founder and partner in Blueshift, Fran’s passion for issues of justice and commitment to education are joined to leverage social impact documentary media across platforms and communities for deep and lasting change.
Fran spent over a decade as a middle and high school classroom teacher before working for fifteen years at the international education non-profit Facing History and Ourselves as a Senior Program Associate in San Francisco, Director of the the Denver/Rocky Mountain States regional office, and Senior Associate for Research and Development for the national organization. Fran trained and supported hundreds of educators, was the lead writer on numerous educational resources, and facilitated many nationwide trainings. Fran is a skilled and creative strategic thinker forging long-term partnerships and successfully implementing a range of educational programs across the country.
Outside of Blueshift, Fran serves on several local community non-profit boards, enjoys travel and spending time playing in Colorado’s mountains skiing, climbing and camping with her husband and three children. Fran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, a Master’s Degree in Education/Curriculum and Design from the University of Colorado, a diploma in Jewish Studies from the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and has completed her PhD coursework in Cultural Studies and History from Claremont Graduate School.