Fran A. Streets
has dedicated her life to education, women’s leadership, the arts and the city of San Francisco, with a particular commitment to improving the lives of women and girls globally. Fran had a 40-year career in banking, beginning with the Bank of California where she achieved many firsts — the first African-American female on its Management Training Program, the first female Corporate Lending Officer, the first person of color to become a Branch Manager. In 1985, she joined Bank of San Francisco where she rose to become Senior Vice President of Marketing and Investor Relations, and the capstone of her career was as Vice President, City Director of the Private Banking Division at Wells Fargo. Fran’s pioneering career in banking was matched by her leadership in numerous civic and non-profit causes: Fran was the first African-American to serve on the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Board, and has served on the boards of the San Francisco Education Fund, San Francisco School Volunteers, the Economic Development Corporation, San Francisco Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Project Open Hand among others. She was appointed by three different Mayors to the San Francisco Library Commission where she chaired the Finance Committee for over ten years. She has served on the Pew Forum on Education Reform Committee at Stanford University, is past Chair of Heald College and is Trustee Emeriti of the University of San Francisco. Fran was the first African American elected as President of the International Women’s Forum where she guided the organization through a highly successful global expansion on five continents, and as President of its Leadership Foundation she launched a successful $5 million endowment campaign to support the trading and growth of emerging women leaders. Currently, Fran is a Trustee and past Co-Chair of the San Francisco Ballet.