Executive Services employee represents Seattle region at Harvard Business School 

Pictured: Chris Franco, far right, featured with other YALP participants.

King County employee Chris Franco, a Procure and Pay Functional Lead in the Business Resource Center, was selected to attend Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Young American Leaders Program (YALP) this June, as a representative of the Seattle region. 

Only 10 members are chosen each year to participate in the program from select cities across the country including: Birmingham, Boston, Chattanooga, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and Seattle. 

“Being selected to represent the Seattle Region is a deeply humbling honor, and means the world to me,” said Chris. “We’re fortunate to live in one of the fastest growing and most prosperous regions in the world. However, not all of our residents have benefited from that growth and prosperity. I look forward to working with my cohort, our community, and our region’s leaders to find innovative and equitable ways for all of us to prosper from our collective labor and wealth.” 

In June, Chris will gather with his ten-person cohort at HBS, and for four intense days the group will learn about cross-sector collaborations – best and worst practices from across the country and around the globe. The program gives opportunities for city teams to apply the ideas learned in the program to their hometowns and envision new cross-sector collaborations that can put their cities on paths toward shared prosperity. 

“I want to elevate some of the cross-sector collaborative work that King County is leading in an effort to build healthier communities,” said Chris. “I also plan to help connect King County to other organizations and people throughout the nation to help us share/learn best practices as a part of our effort to become the Best Run Government.” 

Through best-practice and case-method discussions, as well as personal experiences from participants, YALP aims to bring out insight into where America and American cities stand today, examples of innovative cross-sector collaborations that improve cities’ standing, and personal lessons about collaborative leadership. 

Chris’ daily work at King County includes leading and developing a team that maintains and optimizes the county’s financial system, and he also has the opportunity to help advance the county’s equity and social justice efforts as the male-identifying representative of King County’s LatinX affinity group. 

YALP began in 2015 to convene groups of emerging leaders from across the country who are working to help their communities prosper. The program aims to develop leaders who understand the value of cross-sector collaborations, and are driven to implement them more effectively within their own communities.