Frances Messano is a Senior Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where she leads the Innovative Schools Invent (new schools) and Diverse Leaders investment teams. She also designs the content for our annual Summit conference. Frances has an MBA from Harvard Business School and AB from Harvard College. She serves on the board of Unidos US, Pahara Institute, Stand for Children, GO Public Schools, Latinos for Education, and Catalyst: ED. She is also a Pahara-Aspen education fellow. Frances is a first-generation college graduate and an alum of Prep for Prep, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, non-profit organizations that she credits with helping her gain access to educational and professional opportunity.