Director of Community Partnerships
Grace Frances is the Director of Community Partnerships for End Violence Against Women International and leads the collaborative partnership that created the new Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Virtual Practicum. She also focuses on fund development to expand EVAWI’s ability to improve criminal justice and community responses to sexual assault survivors. Grace has 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 (FCASV) for 16 years, 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. At FCASV she managed statewide certification of Florida’s 31 sexual assault programs, working with centers to ensure quality service provision. 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.
Grace earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Eugene and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.