WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Global Entrepreneurship Network is excited to announce Frances Lanzone has joined the team as Chief of Staff, helping to lead GEN’s efforts to help people in more than 170 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures from its Washington, D.C. headquarters.
In her new role, Lanzone will manage key teams and critical projects as GEN continues to expand its reach as well as its collection of programs targeting all aspects of entrepreneurship ecosystems. Her initial focal point is providing direction to the organization’s support of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit – co-hosted by the governments of the Netherlands and the United States.
Lanzone joins GEN following 10 years of passionate work supporting global efforts to promote entrepreneurship policy and investment. When she’s not making introductions for innovators, influencers and investors, she enjoys supporting social entrepreneurs and bureaucracy ninjas who are redesigning the U.S. government.
As an entrepreneur herself, Lanzone joins GEN following a successful two years of consulting with influential clients such as the WeWork Creator Awards, Sunshine Sachs, XPRIZE, Partners of the Americas, The Kennedy Forum, Pan American Health Organization and Peruvian Brothers.
Prior to launching her own firm, she served as the first Director of Social Enterprise at POLITICO. She also spent five years at the White House, working in the Office of Global Engagement at the National Security Council, where she developed a series of cultural diplomacy, entrepreneurship and study abroad initiatives that former U.S. President Barack Obama placed as a foreign policy priority. Prior to the White House, Lanzone worked for Ashoka’s Changemakers, coordinating global competitions for social entrepreneurs.