Frances is President of the US-ASEAN Business Council Institute, the non-profit sister organization to the US-ASEAN Business Council, which provides the business communities of Southeast Asia and the United States with information and educational programs to promote mutual economic ties and expand cooperation through trade and investment. She previously served as the Counselor at the US-ASEAN Business Council, primarily responsible for the ASEAN countries on the mainland, including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. Her long association with the region began with being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.
In addition, Frances worked for many years with the US Congress. Her experience on the Hill and in the executive branch included the following:
Francis graduated from the College of William and Mary with an A.B. degree, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with an M.A., and Duke University School of Law, with a J.D. degree. She currently resides on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and travels to Southeast Asia frequently.