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Grace Francisco

Vice President

Developer Relations Strategy & 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, cloud architects, and developers working toward 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, Grace was the developer evangelist for Microsoft's first enterprise developer tools offering and she led developer relations at Intuit, Yodlee, Atlassian, Roblox and MongoDB. 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, where she launched a diversity speaker series and peer mentoring program empowering and supporting women in technology careers. She also served as an advisor for Startup BootCamp and several early-stage startups. 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.

Articles

December 20, 2021

DEVELOPER

Cisco Developer Relations in 2021, and What’s Ahead in 2022

Take a look at two key trends that shaped 2021 and how our community can get ready in 2022 - Shift Left Security and Cloud Native development.

August 20, 2021

DEVELOPER

Reflecting on Marc Andreessen’s ‘Software is Eating the World’

10 years ago today, Marc Andreessen said, "Software is Eating the World." Here's what that meant to me, my career, and to the software developers I work with.