GSI Partners Manager
Fran Lawn brings over 15 years’ experience developing community education, infrastructure and health programs that provide innovative solutions to environmental and social challenges in urban communities.
Fran is focused on driving change by creating a shift towards community involvement that supports growth and prosperity by solving social problems. This passion comes from helping people returning from prison overcome obstacles, develop skills and establish support networks that serve to strengthen their role within their community.
He coauthored Reentry to Workforce Partnership: A Case Study, highlighting effective cross-sector partnerships addressing barriers to successful reentry, and has been recognized as a thought leader in ecological management best practices. He has presented on social and environmental topics at Princeton University, Temple University, Penn Law, Rutgers University and Academy of Natural Sciences.
Fran most recently served as Community Impact Chair for Net Impact Philadelphia Professional Chapter. Prior, he served on Philadelphia Reentry Coalition’s Employment Committee. He is a member of Leadership Philadelphia, and a fellow with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College and a 2004 Delaware Valley Regional Network Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.
Fran has a BS in Environmental Design from Delaware Valley University. He currently resides in Glenside with his two sons and is active as an assistant coach for the elementary school program Let Me Run. He is an avid gardener and is currently learning guitar.
“I believe we’ll continue to see businesses build profitable enterprises while serving community needs, and protecting the environment; it’s how business will be conducted. It’s inclusive, intentional and impactful. I’m energized knowing that I am able to contribute towards a just, green and thriving economy here in the Philadelphia region.”