Karen Francois

S1-I: Diversity and Inclusion Required: Policy Integration and Sustainability

About Karen Francois


Karen Francois is the director of the Employment Equity Division and interim director of the Contract Compliance Division for the City of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.  She is responsible for leading the ongoing efforts of the City to mitigate racial disparities in employment and monitoring City contracts to ensure that workers are treated fairly, and paid appropriate wages, and that minorities, women and low income business owners and workers have access to employment and contracting opportunities. Karen also represents the City of Minneapolis on the Governor’s Workforce Development Council Adult Experiential Learning Policy Committee and Skills@Work, Twin Cities LISC Community Investment Committee, and the Growth & Justice Workforce Equity Brain Trust.

University of St. Thomas - Minnesota Opus College of Business