The Living Forward Alliance is dedicated to women with criminal justice histories who are on community supervision for drug related offenses and living in a residential facility under the supervision of the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department.

It is a service and education program that gives them a singularly effective way to rethink their histories and rewrite their futures. This one-year program makes real freedom achievable, and it triggers a positive and sustainable shift in beliefs and behaviors that makes it possible for them to obtain work, rebuild their families and reclaim their place in the community.


Who we are

The Living Forward Alliance team is a group of dedicated, accomplished professionals whose combined experience provides a strong and comprehensive foundation of successes on which to build.



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Founders

MARIA A. FRANCIS, CEC*
LFA FOUNDER

 

Maria A. Francis is the Founder of Living Forward Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to provide education, mentorship and social support to women with criminal justice histories who are incarcerated for drug related offenses and who have short-term pending release dates.

Through a one-year program, Living Forward Alliance helps this population rethink their histories and rewrite their futures. The program makes real freedom achievable, and it triggers a positive and sustainable shift in beliefs and behaviors that makes it possible for women to obtain work, rebuild their families and reclaim their place in the community.

Francis is a business coach, management consultant and entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in leading people and business management. As a business consultant, she assisted companies with their business development needs ranging from office reorganization to staff and management coaching.

Prior to founding Living Forward Alliance, she successfully owned and managed multimillion dollars businesses in the restaurant industry and has assisted minority business owners in their business launch goals through business planning, accessing capital, budgeting and forecasting.

Additionally, Francis was a cofounder and partner for 13 years with Entertainment One Inc., a multi-national and international food and beverage management company, which owned and operated 40 locations across the U.S. and Japan, including the management of the George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport food courts. Her role included staff development and training, balancing a multi-million dollar budget, and system and procedure implementation.

In 1994, Francis sold her stake in Entertainment One and launched Restaurant Reporting Plus, an accounting and consulting firm tailored to the restaurant industry. She successfully built and sold the business in 2005 to RSM-McGladrey-FPO a subsidiary of HR-Block a publicly held company interested in her technology and business trades.

Francis is a Certified Effective Coach from Ideal Coaching Academy where she learned the Ontological method of coaching and now devotes her time to her family and TTN Social Peer Groups.

Educated in business administration, she is committed to contribute to individuals and organizations having a deep sense of purpose, meaning and responsibility.

Francis has served as board member of Youth at Risk, a non-profit organization committed to transform the lives of youth trough a partnership with City of Houston Juvenile Detention Program.

Francis served on the board of the Houston Food Bank for 6 years and its Finance & Audit Committee for 7 years.