Ashley A. Francis, MPH

Program Manager, Cancer Therapeutics Accelerator


Ashley leads the TMC | ACT (Accelerating Cancer Therapeutics), a comprehensive nine-month program designed to enhance biotech entrepreneurship training and comprehensive drug development programs in Texas. The Texas Medical Center (TMC) was awarded a $5M grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Consortia and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, to provide Texas researchers and startup companies with integrated training, resources, and mentoring in order to help advance innovative cancer therapy discoveries into clinical trials, ultimately leading to new approaches and therapies to treat and/or cure cancer patients.

Previously, Ashley managed The Rose’s Empower Her to Care Program, funded by a cancer prevention services CPRIT grant, that provides uninsured Texas women with paid mammograms across 34 southeast Texas counties, through the Mobile Mammography Program, to address social determinates of health. Throughout her career working with MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Harris Health System, Ashley has consistently led integrated and complex programs successfully by enhancing operations and exceeding program goals in fast-paced environments. As a native Houstonian, she is motivated to significantly impact healthcare and the Texas community.

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Baylor University and her Master of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Back to top