About Ms. Fran Esposito
Frances M. Esposito’s entry into the field of homelessness began in 1990 when she was appointed Director of Miami’s Community Homeless Assistance Project (CHAP), through which she successfully coordinated the shutdown of Miami’s largest homeless encampment and supervised the assessment and placement of its 550 occupants. As Chief Operating Officer of Camillus House, Inc., a multimillion dollar social service agency in Miami-Dade dedicated to the indigent and homeless, Ms. Esposito re-engineered the organizational infrastructure, initiated the development of a comprehensive treatment service milieu and oversaw the development and construction of the $3-million Camillus Health Concern Clinic.
In 1998, she was brought on as Chief Executive Officer of the Broward Partnership and successfully shepherded the construction of the Broward County Central Homeless Assistance Center (CHAC) on the Huizenga Campus, a 57,000 sq. ft., 200-bed emergency shelter that opened its doors on February 1, 1999. In 2014, Ms. Esposito oversaw the first expansion in the CHAC’s history with the addition of 30 beds to the family dorm which increased the facility’s overall capacity to 230 beds, In addition, Ms. Esposito successfully developed the infrastructure and comprehensive service array for the Partnership that has won best practices awards from the Florida Department of Children & Families and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, who also recognized the Partnership as one of 400 innovative projects in the nation serving the homeless.
A board member of Broward County’s Homeless Continuum of Care and a board member of the Broward County Housing Council, Ms. Esposito was previously recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the March of Dimes and received the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Women’s Council Circle of Excellence Award for a Not for Profit in 2006. In 2014, Ms. Esposito was honored with the prestigious The Jim Moran Foundation Award, as a non-profit leader with an established legacy of giving back to the community through active service and personal commitment. Also in 2014, the Partnership was awarded “Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year” at the 4th Annual PNC Bank Non-Profit Academy Awards, recognizing the agency’s strong governance and executive leadership, financial stability and exceptional overall results, and in 2016 the agency was named as the “Non-Profit Small Business of the Year” by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
Under Ms. Esposito’s forward-thinking leadership, the Partnership has made a difference in the lives of more than 22,800 individuals and families experiencing homelessness and had a significant impact in improving the overall quality of life for all residents of Broward County.