Vice President, Developer Relations Strategy and Experience
As the Vice President of Developer Relations Strategy and Experience at Cisco, Grace Francisco is responsible for defining and growing Cisco’s broad-based developer strategy. Creating new capabilities and programming for DevOps, site reliability engineers (SREs), cloud architects, and developers building for a cloud-first world, she is building an expanded ecosystem supporting cloud native architectures. She also leads Cisco DevNet, Cisco’s 500,000-plus-strong developer community, which features programs that catalyze innovations and accelerate automation and digital transformation throughout the industry.
With more than 15 years of developer relations leadership experience across enterprise, small business, fintech, consumer and gaming, Grace was the developer evangelist for Microsoft’s first offering of enterprise developer tools. Well-known for conceiving and implementing programs calibrated to meet developers’ needs and rapidly scaling communities and engagement, she also has led developer relations at Intuit, Yodlee, Atlassian, Roblox and MongoD B.
Grace is a passionate and committed advocate for diversity initiatives and has created and sponsored multiple volunteer-driven programs, including serving as co-chairperson for Women@Microsoft Silicon Valley. While serving in this role, she launched a diversity speaker series and peer mentoring program, empowering, and supporting women in technology careers. Grace is a frequently sought-after speaker known for her deep expertise in developer relations. She also has served as an advisor for Startup BootCamp and several early-stage startups. She began her career as a software engineer at Lotus/IBM.
Grace currently serves on the board of the Drupal Association and is the co-author of three patents. She graduated cum laude and holds a BBA in Business Management from Golden Gate University.