Frances P. Allegra
Frances P. Allegra is the senior vice president of expansion services for the Wentworth Hampshire Group, which includes its subsidiary, MCUSA Healthcare—dedicated to excellence in behavioral health, wellness, and education services for Florida's youngest residents. Prior to joining Wentworth, she was founding president of the SEED School of Miami, Florida’s only urban public boarding school.
Ms. Allegra came to SEED from Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, where she served for a decade as CEO. 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 in 2013, received Intel’s Premier IT Knowledge Award in the Client Fleet Management category in 2008, and received the Mobilizer Award in field service from Mobile Enterprise magazine in 2009. 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. In 2010, Ms. Allegra was tapped by Governor-Elect Rick Scott to serve on the children and families subcommittee of his health and human services transition team.
She co-authored “Measuring Return-on-Investment in Lives: A Model from Florida,” published in 2011 by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Allegra has been a featured speaker at a number of national child welfare conferences, served as keynote speaker at the Springfield [Massachusetts] College School of Social Work’s Fall Masters 2015 Convocation, and most recently was a featured speaker at the eMerge Americas technology conference.
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 District 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.