The Foundation is delighted to announce that Francisco Velasco has been promoted to controller.
Formerly the Foundation’s senior accountant, Velasco replaces Kerry Goese, who left Joyce this summer to become chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Michael Reese Health Trust.
Velasco is a Chicago native who previously worked as a senior auditor for KPMG’s Public Sector group, primarily providing audit services to governmental, higher education and not-for-profit clients. He graduated from DePaul University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in accountancy, and he is a certified public accountant.
Known by all as Frankie, which he prefers, Velasco grew up in the city’s Logan Square and Humboldt Park neighborhoods and attended the International Baccalaureate program at Amundsen High School. As the son of immigrants from Mexico and a first-generation college graduate, he says that helping the Foundation help the next generation is especially meaningful for him, just as he credits “a huge support system” for helping him along the way.
Velasco serves on the Foundation’s Racial Equity Committee and a Foundation-wide task force supporting organizations working on COVID recovery in Chicago communities. He is incredibly passionate about all things Chicago, but especially the White Sox.
About The Joyce Foundation
Joyce is a nonpartisan, private foundation that invests in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region.