Francis Mendez is a Program Support and Financial Capacity Practice Lead with ICF, a professional services and technology company.

He oversees national grants and financial management capacity building projects that support U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) grantees. Previously, he served as project director for OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center. In that role, he led the national brokering, coordination, and facilitation of training and technical assistance resources and services to support juvenile justice and child victimization prevention professionals. He also served as national director of juvenile justice for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where he led national efforts to expand mentoring programs for high-risk youth. 

He has broad experience in city and state government having served in senior management roles at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, the New York City Department of Education and Administration for Children’s Services, and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. Before working in city and state government, he served as general counsel and director of advocacy for Covenant House New York.

He has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park, a Masters of Social Work in Administration from Hunter College, a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. He has a certificate in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Integration from Georgetown University, has a Project Management Professional certification, and is admitted as an attorney to the New York, Connecticut, and Maryland bars.