Russwin Francisco possesses a Ph.D. in Epistemological Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Master of Science in Information Systems from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. He served as chairman of the Registrars' Committee of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area where he developed and coordinated collaborative projects among 12 colleges and universities. He was a university administrator for 10 years and a lecturer for 15 years.
While he taught business courses, he co-established a consultancy that provided intelligence for litigation in the public interest for all manner of consumer products. His analysis and research have been cited in Congressional hearings and transportation safety legislation.
Early in his career, he received a chef's certificate from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, California. He worked as a salad chef at The Palm on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles. He worked two summer stints as the sous chef at The Astral Plane in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
More recently, he operates a small business specializing in sexual wellness. His company is recognized for its active support of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Throughout his career as a sous chef, academic, consumer advocate, and lately, a retailer, Francisco maintains a perennial courtship with acting and singing. He has performed singing and non-singing roles in Washington DC area community theaters and theater festivals for more than 30 years. He produced and appeared as Manny in the musical film The Girl Who Left Home, which won Best Picture at the 2021 DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. He is an accomplished jazz vocalist. He co-owned Black Fox Lounge, a jazz venue which frequently received excellent industry reviews. He is a patron and benefactor of the arts funding modest yet exceptional ventures for their authentic, insightful perspectives.