Jerry DeFrancisco has held the position of Distinguished Civic Leader in Residence within Siena's Center for Academic Community Engagement since 2014.  He serves as a consultant, mentor and resource to the students enrolled in ACE programs and the nonprofit organizations they serve. He is a professional consultant, whose career spans over 40 years in for-profit business, nonprofits, consulting and academia, serving in senior leadership positions in a wide variety of assignments.

Before returning to Siena in 2014, he served as President, Humanitarian Services for the American Red Cross, leading operations for over 1500 Red Cross locations across the country and around the world delivering the organization’s humanitarian mission. In this capacity, he led a transformation in the governance, organization structure and service delivery processes for Red Cross Humanitarian Services, and worked with numerous community nonprofits in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Before joining the Red Cross, he was President of two global consulting firms, specializing in strategy, operations sustainability and performance improvement. Prior to this he enjoyed a 30-year career at AT&T, where he served as Executive Vice President Broadband and Internet Services, Vice President Business Innovation, and President and CEO of AT&T Alascom, a major AT&T acquisition. 

Jerry holds a BA from Siena College and an Executive MBA (awarded with distinction) in Business Policy and Marketing from Pace University in New York, where he is also currently a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) in the Lubin School of Business. He has completed Senior Executive Programs at Harvard and Duke Universities, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Fairleigh Dickenson University, The University of Alaska and Siena. A US Army veteran, Jerry serves on the advisory board of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, the Board of Research Strategies Network, and as a Senior Fellow with the West Point McDonald Cadet Leadership Program. He has also served on many non-profit boards, such as United Way, March of Dimes, the Alaska Native Heritage Center and Special Olympics, and has been a speaker and panelist at numerous business, educational and government conferences.

In 2018, Jerry was honored with the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from Siena.