Frances Smith-Dean


A Native of New Orleans, Louisiana currently residing in Richardson Texas is the Executive Director of The Zan W. Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center in Dallas, Texas and Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Richland College.  Frances is the wife of Darryl Charles Dean and mother of Charles, Derrick, Frances and Darrylynn Dean.  Frances has been actively involved in community, economic and political activism most of her life.  Her motto in life is “ordinary people have the power to do extraordinary things.” Developer and creator of the Zan W. Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Juneteenth Economic Forum.  

Because of her leadership, internationally Frances was instrumental with establishing a foreign exchange trade business trip between the US-China Business Council, Southern University A & M of Baton Rouge and The City of Baker Louisiana in 2012.  The City of Baker signed a Friendship City Agreement with China and Southern University Agricultural Center signed a partnership agreement with Dr. Walter Chen, who is one of the most influential Chinese American Economist for the top 100 businesses in China. 

In 2010 Frances visited United Arab Emirates Cities: Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with Leadership America exploring how the UAE manages Economic, Education and Healthcare systems.  During this visit,the UAE Chief Economist explains the role of the Sovereign Wealth Funds and the impact of Sharia Law in business.  The American University Chancellor provides an in-depth view on the role education and health systems.  

In 2007 and 08 Frances was invited to speak at Freedom Fest Libertarian Think Tank Conference by Columbia University Professor and Former Chief Economist of the CIA, Mark Skousen where she discussed Reforming Urban Education and Creating Fair Markets within a Free Market Enterprise System. Frances noted the seven stages of an Empire and how she developed and implemented the New Orleans Public Schools Money Matter$ curriculum and program throughout many of the lowest-performingschools.  Frances also served as Kaufman Business Advisor to the University of New Orleans Small Business Development Center where she trained and advised over 200 small business owners inthe City of New Orleans.  The New Orleans Federal Reserve in1997 credited the Money Matter$ Program with the 2 percent growthin the savings rate in New Orleans while the national rate was declining.  

 BeforeHurricane,Katrina Frances worked in the healthcareindustry as a financial consultant whichled to the implementation and expansion of healthcarefacilities throughout Louisiana and California.  She was the lead consultant to Good Will Hospice, Louisiana Wellness and Rehabilitation Centers, and Metropolitan Hospital. Frances assisted with financing projects for these companies more than25 million dollars.  During this time Frances also was a registered investment advisor for Nation-wide insurance where she managed over 1000 employees with theCity of New Orleans, Regional Transit Authority, and seven other municipalities within the New Orleans River Region’s PublicEmployee Deferred Compensation plans.  

Today, Frances still services as a business advisor to many faith-based organizations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  The owner of The Financial Educator, LLCFrances maintains her clients through coaching and training sessions in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.  She has developed coaching curriculum entitled:  How to Maneuver in Any Economy, Accumulation, Acceleration, and the Six-figure Sister.  

Frances is currently working on her Educational Doctorate in Higher Education in Leadership from Trident University.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Xavier University in New Orleans and a Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics from the LoyolaUniversity of Louisiana. Frances has served on many state boardsand faith-based organization boards.  A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  Politically, Frances served as an At-large delegate in 2004 at the National Republican Convention for Former President George W. Bush and State Central Committee  Member District 100 and District E Members in Louisiana for District 100 for the Republican Party and Louisiana Exploratory Committee for Mitt Romney Presidential Campaign.