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Core Staff

Francisca Benitez

Title: Program Manager
Francisca Benitez

Francisca joined GDCI in 2021 and is a Program Associate to contribute across multiple programs, including Streets for Kids (SfK), Early Childhood Development (ECD), and the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).

Prior to joining GDCI, Francisca was a Planning Associate at Kounkuey Design Initiative, where she assisted municipalities across California to access grant funding and bring new parks to low-income neighborhoods with limited park access. Francisca developed and facilitated community workshops, prepared concept plans, cost estimates, and wrote application grants. Additionally, she led a project funded by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation to engage and support business owners in a large industrial site in Los Angeles.

Before that, Francisca was part of the founding team of PlacemakingX, a collective-impact network of placemaking leaders from all over the world. Her experience also includes working at What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative helping more than 100 U.S. cities better use their data. 

Francisca is passionate about fostering inclusive spaces that promote community development and reflect the unique culture of a place. She holds a Master in Urban Planning from Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and a Bachelor in Strategic Design from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.