Francesca has worked on governance, integrity and corruption since the beginning of her career working at the Center of Institutional Reforms and Informal Sector (IRIS) in College Park. Throughout her career she has focused on integrating issues of governance and integrity in institutional development and growth. Francesca joined the World Bank in 1998 and currently leads the Anti-corruption Thematic Group, providing guidance on anti-corruption issues and institutions of accountability. She coordinates the work on governance and anti-corruption diagnostic tools in several countries in Latin America and Africa, completing more than half dozen reports that have translated in country-specific strategies. She manages the Actionable Governance Indicators work and has recently launched the initiative on effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Authorities.
She has published several papers on corruption and poor governance, contributing recently to the Global Handbook on Research and Practice in Corruption, Adam Graycar, editor (January 2012); and to the International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Susan Rose-Akerman and Tina Soreide, eds. (December 2011). She is a Member of the EU Group of Experts on Corruption and holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.