As the Founder and Executive Director of the Latino Empowerment Project (LEP), Fran mentors and opens pathways for young people of color to gain their seat at decision-making tables. After 13 years, LEP alumni are growing the next generation of activists. For Fran, it is gratifying to work behind the scenes and not be center stage all the time! She is also the Senior Program Officer leading theBaldwin Leadership Program Class of 2023, which is making history as a mostly Black and Latinx cohort. Being a woman of color in philanthropy comes with challenges and a responsibility to create change. Fran sees her role as building a legacy for children of color. Through her work in philanthropy, she creates funding opportunities for people of color to have access and participate in community-driven activities. Fran also works with The Equity Council,a group of BIPOC millennials, to manage and award micro grants in underserved neighborhoods. They are decolonizing philanthropy in meaningful ways.