Sybil Francis, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Sybil Francis was part of the founding team of the Center for the Future of Arizona in 2002 and is the executive director.  She is engaged in all aspects of the center’s agenda, from conceptualization through implementation. Under her direction the center launched the Move On When Ready initiative, a bold new design for high school to prepare students for success in college and careers and she continues to advance innovative approaches to improving educational outcomes for Arizona students. She is also deeply embedded in the Arizona State University Community and serves as the Director for Strategic Advancement for the ASU Foundation.
Dr. Francis' commitment to advancing innovative solutions to societal imperatives spans a 30 year career as a public policy analyst/architect advancing the nation’s science and education enterprise. She began her career working in the U.S. House of Representatives and later served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Francis was part of the leadership team of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a small private college in New York City, prior to moving to Arizona in 2002.