Frances P. Allegra, JD (Chair)
After leading several child welfare and human services organizations over the past two decades, Frances P. Allegra joined the law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. as a partner. An accomplished attorney, nonprofit executive, and foster care expert, Ms. Allegra led foster care case management organizations and distinguished herself as an early leader in Florida’s community‑based care (CRC) child welfare model, leading one of Florida’s largest CBCs, Our Kids of Miami‑Dade/Monroe, Inc., for a decade. Subsequently, she was the founding president of the SEED School of Miami, Florida’s only urban public boarding school. Working alongside state and national child welfare leaders, Ms. Allegra has been instrumental in the success of Florida’s innovative and groundbreaking approach to child protection. By joining Cole, Scott & Kissane, Ms. Allegra continues her work and dedication by defending the nonprofit organizations on the front lines of Florida’s child welfare system. Additionally, Ms. Allegra is dedicated to defending private and public education institutions in claims brought against them.
Ms. Allegra is one of Florida’s instrumental voices regarding the legal issues facing foster care and education entities, and she has received numerous honors and awards, including the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, DC. Under her leadership, Our Kids was an IDG Computerworld Honors Laureate, received Intel’s Premier IT Knowledge Award in the Client Fleet Management category, and received the Mobilizer Award in field service from Mobile Enterprise Magazine. During her tenure as CEO of Our Kids, she led the organization’s efforts in creating groundbreaking statewide legislative changes in the Florida child welfare system. As a result, then–Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio included Our Kids in his book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future as Idea #68. Ms. Allegra was tapped by Governor-Elect Rick Scott to serve on the Children and Families Subcommittee of the Health and Human Services transition team.
Ms. Allegra is admitted to practice law in the state of Florida, as well as before the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the US District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. She received her juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, and her bachelor of arts from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She received her master of science in health informatics and management systems from Florida International University, Chapman Graduate School of Business, where she received the award for having the highest GPA.
Ms. Allegra is a member of Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone XXXVII class.