Francine Pratt, MOCAN Executive Director since 2020, is an accomplished Project/Program Director with over 25 years’ experience in leading government, private, public, and non-profit organizations with a focus on developing sustainability, customer service, and addressing organizational behavior to increase program performance in the public and private sectors. She had extensive responsibility for local and statewide operations while consistently increasing program improvements and strategies that enhanced community engagement and program performance. Her past positions include Missouri State University, Multicultural Programs Executive Director, Drury University Diversity Coordinator, Springfield Chapter NAACP President, Isabel’s House Executive Director, Missouri Department of Social Services Deputy Director, and other private industry and State of California leadership positions. Her most recent position was Director of Prosper Springfield, a Springfield, Missouri community collective impact model, charged with reducing poverty by five percentage points and increasing postsecondary educational attainment to 60 percent, both by 2025. She is also co-owner of Pratt Consultants with a focus on community engagement, business infrastructure development, conflict resolution, strategic planning, and diversity training (including bias-based police training). Francine has been recognized at the local and state level for her commitment to helping others. The Springfield Business Journal named her one of the twelve People You Need to Know in 2019. In 2020, Francine received the Springfield Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award for her excellence and commitment to helping other women in their professional journey. In addition to her work with MOCAN, Francine serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Springfield, as well as the Parkview High School Leadership Academy Advisory Council and the Missouri State University Bears LEAD Advisory Council. Her greatest passion is to share opportunities for career and college pathways with youth and adults who do not know all that Missouri has to offer anyone who calls Missouri home. Her favorite saying is: If you always do what you have always done then you will always get what you already have so do something different!