Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action
, Founder and Director of TIGRA, has spent the past twenty-two years as a community organizer, trainer, administrator, and writer. He worked at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) from 1984 to 1999, founding innovative training and organizing projects such as the Minority Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP), and People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO). He was a Co-Director of CTWO from 1990-1999, managing a staff of 20+ people with offices in Oakland, Portland, Denver and Sacramento. In his work at CTWO, Francis was the key liaison to other community organizing networks including Grassroots Leadership, ACORN, Industrial Areas Foundation, National People's Action, SNEEJ, and the Midwest Academy. He is a founding member of numerous organizing initiatives including the National Organizers' Alliance (NOA), Californians for Justice, and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network. He completed a Ford Foundation-funded study entitled Bi-National Research Project on Social Change Initiatives in the Philippines and the United States. Francis is a native of the Philippines, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. Francis has received numerous recognitions for his work, including the Bannerman Fellowship, Gerbode Foundation Fellowship, Fellow at the California Wellness Foundation, and a Koshland Fellowship from the San Francisco Foundation.
Focus: Development, Governance, Migration,
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006