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Adrián Franco, Ph.D.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Program Director, Economic Education
Adrián Franco is Program Director of Economic Education at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he supervises programs that teach monetary policy and financial stability policy to high school and college students, coordinate partnerships with educational institutions and develops initiatives for educators teaching economics and finance.

Originally from Mexico City, he served in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Public Education and was part of the transition team of President-Elect Vicente Fox in 2000. Since he came to New York in 2002, he has consulted for the City’s Departments of Education, collaborated with Sesame Street in the development of the education kit "For you, for me, for later" to teach 3 to 5 years old about money management, and worked at Teachers College in the design of the curriculum Understanding Fiscal Responsibility for high school students. Franco is co-author of the book "Mi Dinero" on personal finance for Hispanic teenagers and is a former writer of the weekly column "Para Ser Migrante Rico" for the New York daily Diario de Mexico USA. He was senior project manager of the "Immigrant Financial Services Study," a research project by the Office of Financial Empowerment of the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Franco was a founding member and executive director of the nonprofit organization Qualitas of Life Foundation that offers financial education to Hispanic immigrants, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Educational Foundation of New York. In 2010, he was selected as an Immigrant Leader for the Council of the Americas Hispanic Integration Hub, recognition that is given to foreigners that are having an impact in the Latino population. In 2011, he was elected as Council Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad representing Mexican immigrants in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Franco holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Boston University where he graduated summa cum laude, and a master's degree in international affairs – concentration in international law and economics- at Columbia University where he was appointed Class Marshal. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education –concentration in economics- from Columbia University with a dissertation on financial access and financial education of Latino immigrants in New York City.