As Amplify Latinx enters its next chapter, we want to announce that our co-founder and co-chair, Betty Francisco, is stepping down from the Board of Directors to focus on her role as CEO of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investment fund that is building financial, social and political power for entrepreneurs of color in Massachusetts and beyond. We are thrilled to support her work, which is a natural extension of what she has co-created at Amplify Latinx. Betty is an indelible part of the Amplify family and history, and we are incredibly grateful for her contributions to our growth and we look forward to our continued collaborations in a different capacity.
Betty and Eneida Roman launched The Latina Circle in 2012 as a network of 60 women committed to advancing Latinas into positions of power and influence from which they could advocate for change in their community. Over three years, The Latina Circle grew to over 1,000 women who were drawn to our values of lifting as we climb and creating visibility of Latinas through recommendations, mentoring, and championing. We expanded The Latina Circle to focus on issues relating to the gender pay gap, the leadership representation gap, and the need for more Latinas to serve in public offices and elected roles.
Five years ago, we saw the need to grow civic leadership, representation and economic mobility for Latinos in the Commonwealth. In 2017, we launched Amplify Latinx, a movement to build economic and political power for Latinos in MA. Betty was instrumental in launching Amplify Latinx and building its influence at policy-making tables, as well as in the development of strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including the City of Boston, the Center for Women and Politics and Public Policy, the Gaston Institute at UMass Boston, Greater Boston Latino Network, Latino Equity Fund, BECMA and so many other allies.
Our visibility and influence as a Latino force has grown year by year as documented by Betty in her BBJ op-ed. In large part due to Amplify Latinx’s work, Massachusetts now has one of the most diverse groups of Latino elected officials. During the height of the COVID pandemic, Betty co-developed the MGCC-funded Latino business program with Surfside Capital, which focused on stabilizing and growing Latino owned businesses. In her capacity as co-chair of Amplify Latinx, Betty helped co-found the Coalition for an Equitable Economy, which advocated for the country’s largest small business grant program that assisted thousands of Black and Latino businesses throughout the Commonwealth.
Betty’s quote “It’s been an honor to build The Latina Circle and Amplify Latinx into a movement of Latino leaders who are advocating for equitable policies and investments that promote economic mobility and prosperity for our diverse communities. We are stronger and more visible today than ever before thanks to the work of our past and present staff, advisors, board members, partners, and Amplifiers. I am forever grateful for your support and trust in this journey.”
We recognize and thank Betty for all she has done to build the organization and position it as a leader in the Massachusetts business community. Most importantly, we look forward to our continued collaboration with her as she transitions to serve on our Advisory Board. Betty, we are deeply grateful for your commitment, wisdom, and love. We look forward to supporting your work at BII as we collectively strive to create an inclusive and equitable economy for all.
– The Amplify Latinx Team