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Mildred Franco

Executive Director of the Generator

Mildred J. Franco joined GFPB in September of 2017 to serve as Executive Director of The Generator, an innovation hub powered by Go Forward Pine Bluff (GFPB). She also serves as the coordinator of GFPB’s Educational Alliance and oversees GFPB’s Workforce Development and Employability Training Initiatives.


Ms. Franco holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Management from McGill University. She has worked in the oil industry in the areas of oil production and international marketing in Venezuela, and oil trading in New York City. In Arkansas, she co-founded CHI Computers + Solutions, LLC, later known as K12Discount.com, an internet retail provider of computer products and services to educational institutions across the U.S., serving as the CEO.


Ms. Franco is active in the non-profit space in organizations that support entrepreneurship, ecosystem building, innovation, women, and the arts. She is a co-founder of the Pascale International Fellows Program and the Pascale Franco Yale-McGill Lecture Series on the Study of Canada She also serves on the boards of the EAST Initiative, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce – ex-officio, and the Arkansas Arts Council.