Franchesca V. Nestor is a native of Grafton and a 2005 graduate of West Virginia University.
Franchesca graduated with a bachelor’s in Political Science and a minor in history. She was WVU’s 16th Truman Scholar. After internships with the Department of Defense Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the District of Columbia City Council, as well as a year as the Service Learning Coordinator for the West Virginia University Center for Civic Engagement, Franchesca earned a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Chicago. At U of C, Franchesca enjoyed serving as a Teaching Assistant for courses on policy persuasion.
Following graduation from the University of Chicago, Franchesca became the first full-time director of West Virginia Campus Compact in 2009, building the program and encouraging 28 colleges throughout West Virginia to deepen their commitment to civic engagement and communities. In that role, she was a member of the West Virginia Civics Literacy Council and the board of the West Virginia Center for Civic Life.
Currently, Franchesca is pursuing a doctorate in Political Science from West Virginia University.