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Circle Program has a new Executive Director


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Circle Program Is delighted to announce that Chelsea Francek has joined as their new Executive Director! Chelsea’s work as a leader in the nonprofit sector has focused on sustainability, developing comprehensive business plans and infrastructure, and implementing strategic operations for a nonprofit dedicated to promoting greener and safer communities throughout South and Central Asia. 


“I am so excited that Circle Program has chosen me as its next Executive Director! Circle Program not only has the history and legacy as an organization that has been serving the region for over twenty-five years with loyal supporters, but is comprised of a dedicated team with the innovation and creativity that will help us prosper and thrive,” said Francek. “The mission of this organization is something I take very personally. Empowering girls, helping them become confident, fearless, and strong women with a voice and vision to make an impact in their communities, showing them that there are truly no limits to what they can achieve or who they want to be in life... This is a mission and purpose that Circle Program and I share. I look forward to joining Circle Program, the community, and beginning this next chapter with all of you!”


Prior to nonprofit management, Francek worked throughout South and Central Asia in international development and security. Her priority was to promote stability efforts and diplomacy throughout the region, particularly with women and children’s education programs and partnerships, as well as life skills training.


The Search Committee conducted a comprehensive national search resulting in 31 applications, including qualified candidates from New Hampshire and across the country.

“Chelsea’s background, her expertise, and her enthusiasm for our mission, is a perfect fit for Circle Program and our mission to empower, transform, and enrich girls’ lives through community, connection, camp, and mentorship”, said Sarah Crane, Board President and Chair of the Search Committee. “We are thrilled she has accepted the position and we all look forward to welcoming her to our community. Chelsea brings to this position the knowledge, expertise, and passion required to continue to meet the needs of the girls and teens we serve.”


Chelsea has just wrapped up her work as Managing Partner of Francek Immigration Law LLC, a law practice focused on immigration, international, and comparative legal issues, with a presence in the Carolinas, Washington DC, and Vermont.


In addition to her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Minor in Accounting, Francek has attained a Master of Law in National Security & US Foreign Relations, a Master of Business Administration in International Business, and a Juris Doctor/Certificate & Fellowship for the Center for International and Comparative Law.


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