Francisca Williams-Oni
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Year Up, Manager

Francisca Williams-Oni is passionate about helping oppressed populations empower themselves. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria before immigrating to the U.S. at age ten for the opportunity of a better-quality life and education. She graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor’s in Biology before moving to Boston in 2014 to obtain her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child health.

During her studies, she worked at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. This deepened her interest in advocacy and policy as she was heavily involved in supporting reproductive rights policy initiatives including testifying at the Massachusetts State Legislature. The experience helped her hone the skills to listen to different opinions, reach across the aisle, and find common ground.

Desiring to help others become economically stable, she is currently fulfilling her passion at Grads of Life, a national initiative dedicated to closing the opportunity divide by changing employer perceptions, practices, and policies to create quality jobs for the 5 million unemployed young adults. Francisca builds and manages partnerships between employers and community-based organizations that train young adults to create a talent pipeline for a successful career path. Having grown up witnessing intelligent and motivated peers hindered economically due to cultural, social, and political factors, she understands just how important it is to actively fight to create systemic change and provide everyone the resources to succeed.

In Francisca’s free time she loves reading, watching anime, all things superhero, and spending time with friends and family.