Francine Stinziano, MPA

Francine first joined the Southwest EFC in 2016. Her decade-long experience ranges from operations management to organizational development, and her real passion lies in organizational strategic thinking. Francine is an experienced liaison across projects and teams, both internal and external, specializing in facilitation, stakeholder engagement, streamlined communications, and conflict resolution.

Over the past decade, she has interfaced with utility operators and managers as well as state-level agency staff across the 50 states and 5 U.S. territories to ensure their continued access to resources, trainings, and technical assistance. She has been an integral part of Environmental Finance Center Network‘s multi-million-dollar Smart Management for Small Water Systems project funded by the U.S. EPA through a cooperative agreement since 2012 and has been a member of the management team since the inception of the program. In addition to project-related work, Francine provides financial and managerial oversight for the SW EFC’s $1.2 million annual operating budget and enjoys being the communications liaison between professional staff with diverse technical expertise. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she focused on organizational and change management, in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from North Carolina State University. Francine thrives when empowering others through strategic thinking and visioning. Before joining the SW EFC, Francine was the Deputy Director for the Development Finance Initiative.