CEO and Founder
Jeffrey Franco has over 25 years of experience in leading and managing large-scale nonprofits, and providing strategic consulting, business development and change management for both public and private sector organizations. As CEO of Camino Consulting Group and Founder and Co-Leader of Transformation Leadership Institute, Jeffrey has worked with local and national nonprofit CEOs to support and advise on strategic planning, board training and development, executive coaching, interim leadership, fundraising, and diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) facilitation and training. Jeffrey also serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland where he currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in nonprofit management and leadership. He also serves on the boards of Potomac Conservancy, Outward Bound, and the Center for Inspired Teaching.
Jeffrey has focused on supporting and leading non-profits through organizational transitions by serving as the interim Executive Director for City Year in Miami; One Common Unity in Washington, DC; and Youth Speaks in San Francisco; and as the Chief Program Officer at Jewish Volunteer Services. In these interim roles, Jeffrey was responsible for managing the staff, operations, programs, and fundraising, and leading the organization through major change management processes, organizational turn around, leadership transition, and new Executive Director onboarding and coaching. Jeffrey continues to serve as an executive coach for many of the new leaders of these organizations.
Prior to founding Camino Consulting Group, Jeffrey served over 12 years as both the Executive Director of City Year’s site in Washington, DC and as Vice President and senior leader of the $200 million national organization. Under his leadership, City Year Washington, DC tripled the size of its staff, quadrupled the number of students served, increased its budget from a $2.3 million to $8.6 million operation, and established City Year’s first multimillion contract with the DC Public School System. During this time, Jeffrey secured multiple 7 figure individual gifts and established national corporate investments for multiple City Year sites across the country.
Jeffrey’s professional accolades and accomplishments include being named the 2013 American University Kogod School of Business Alumni of the Year, alumnus of the Aspen Institute Socrates Program, graduate of the Co-Active Teaching Institute Leadership Program, graduate of Leadership Greater Washington, and graduate of the Leadership Sanctuary. He graduated with a B.A. from Fairfield University, a Masters degree in International Affairs and an M.B.A. from American University. Franco is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, enjoys traveling, has completed 5 marathons and an Ironman triathlon, walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain, and completed the 150 Mile Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.