Greater Washington Partnership
Francesca Ioffreda is the Vice President for Inclusive Growth and Talent Initiatives at the Greater Washington Partnership, a CEO-led civic alliance of over 45 of the region’s largest employers working to make the Capital Region – from Baltimore to Richmond – the best place to live, work, and start a business. She joined the Partnership in 2020 to launch the organization’s inclusive growth initiative and spearheads its efforts to advance shared prosperity and create the most diverse digital tech workforce in the country.
In this capacity, Francesca led the Partnership’s $4.7 billion commitment to support Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and underserved communities in the region through supplier diversity, access to capital, and racial equity investments. This collective effort was unveiled alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Guzman, with Vice President Harris touting the effort as a national model. Francesca also led the first-of-its-kind private sector Regional Blueprint for Inclusive Growth, an integrated 10-year roadmap to make the Capital Region the most inclusive and competitive in the country and launched the Inclusive Growth Dashboard to track the region’s progress in achieving this vision.
Francesca also oversees the Capital CoLAB – the Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business – an-action oriented partnership of business and academic institutions to scale solutions that address the Capital Region’s most pressing talent needs, particularly equipping residents with the digital skillsets needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Since 2018, the CoLAB has engaged 12,000 students and adult learners in digital tech pathways through partnerships with 22 universities and 5 K-12 jurisdictions.
Francesca has over twelve years of experience working across the private and public sectors to foster economic competitiveness, promote diversity and inclusion, and develop innovative ecosystems. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting, where she served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Smart Cities Practice, ran national DEI talent initiatives, and led client engagements on regional growth strategies, organizational transformations, and public-private partnerships. She has previously served as a policy fellow for former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as a research Fulbright Fellow in Bogota, Colombia, and as Davis Project for Peace Fellow in Paraguay.
Francesca is a Washington area native and product of a multicultural household and Spanish immersion public schools. She is recognized as a Washington Business Journal 40 under 40 (2022), a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a graduate and board member of Leadership Greater Washington. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was a Zuckerman Fellow, a George Leadership Fellow, and a Forte Foundation Fellow. Francesca has a BA in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College.