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.


November 1, 2022


Improving API Quality and Security with API Insights

API Insights is an open source tool that helps developers address the quality and security of APIs earlier in the software development lifecycle, enabling them to establish and adopt API best practices.

October 10, 2022


The Continuous Developer

Learn from industry leaders how cloud-native and enterprise software developers contend with challenges in the areas of complexity, reliability, and security. Join us for the Develop conference series.

August 19, 2022


Cisco Project, “An-API-For-An-API,” Wins Security Award

Cisco's An-API-For-An-API, a project that controls the end-to-end cycle for enterprise API services, wins a CSO50 Security Award.

June 29, 2022


Cisco Live! 2022 Wrap Up

Grace takes a quick look back at some of the fun, interactive activities and amazing accomplishments achieved at Cisco Live in Las Vegas.

June 27, 2022


Developing Inclusive Teams

Learn how Cisco Developer Relation's "Full Stack Wellness & Diversity Initiative" can help you build and develop teams where everyone thrives.

June 16, 2022


Developer Announcements from Cisco Live! 2022

Check out the developer-focused announcements made this week at Cisco Live – including APIx Manager, and the launch of AppDynamics Cloud.

June 2, 2022


The Rise of the Enterprise Developer

Join Grace Francisco, Cisco VP of Developer Relations Strategy & Experience, at Cisco Live US as she discusses the power and influence of enterprise developers, and how dev teams are transforming in this rapidly evolving climate.

December 20, 2021


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


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.