Our Stories: Francella Chinchilla, Chair of the Board of Directors

Francella Chinchilla photoFrancella Chinchilla, Chair of the Board of Directors, came to the Esperanza Education Fund in 2013 as a volunteer in the Development Committee and promptly dove in head first. Because of her personal experience as an undocumented immigrant from Costa Rica and first generation college student, Francella has a deep appreciation for the network of support Esperanza is building for its scholars. She serves as the Chair of the organization and is dedicated to mobilizing volunteers, building our alumni base and, of course, securing the funding we need to make sure Esperanza is helping immigrant students reach their potential. She is also a proud mentor for Blossom, 2014 Esperanza scholar.

Francella’s day job is serving as a Director at The Raben Group, a progressive government affairs and communications consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where she works with a portfolio of clients seeking to build consensus and get results among coalitions and their unlikely allies for issues ranging from diversity and inclusion in the environmental sector to enhancing access to affordable healthcare for all.

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica and raised in Southern California, Francella earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Georgetown University. She returned home to California to complete a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Francella serves as the Director of National Programs for the Friends of the American Latino Museum, the campaign to build a Smithsonian American Latino Museum on the National Mall. She was selected as a 2014 Hispanic Leader by the Embassy of Spain.