Abra Francois joined Tufts from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) where she practiced for six years. As a Supervisory Civil Rights Attorney, Ms. Francois enforced several federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in colleges, universities, and K-12 schools. She investigated complaints of discrimination, conducted compliance reviews, provided trainings, developed legally sufficient policies and procedures, and negotiated agreements to resolve compliance concerns. Prior to joining OCR, Ms. Francois worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she practiced in the areas of employment and civil rights law. She provided legal counsel to offices throughout the national organization and represented the EPA in appeals before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Ms. Francois started her career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, where she litigated individual labor and employment cases in federal and state court on behalf of New York City agencies.
Ms. Francois is a graduate of Simmons College and Boston College Law School.