Grace Frances, MPA

Grace Frances

Director of Community Partnerships

Grace Frances is the Director of Community Partnerships for End Violence Against Women International. One of her focuses is in fund development to expand EVAWI’s ability to improve criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault survivors. She also works with the Cadre of Experts, helping to develop their expertise to train on trauma-informed approaches to sexual assault. Grace has also served as a consultant, specializing in non-profit management, change process facilitation, and the anti-sexual violence field. She worked for the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence where she initiated and ran the state’s first trauma-informed sexual assault investigations program for law enforcement, dispatchers, and prosecutors, which trained thousands of professionals. She also managed statewide certification of Florida’s 31 sexual assault programs, ensuring every center provides quality services. Grace spent five years as a volunteer advocate supporting sexual assault victims and 11 years as a volunteer counselor for a crisis hotline. She has also worked for the Florida House of Representatives and as a political and environmental organizer.

Born and raised in Alaska, Grace earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. Although a Northwesterner at heart, she now calls Tallahassee, Florida home, where she lives with her husband and two children and is a community and public school activist. Grace is pursuing a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.