Francis was born in Shanghai, China, lived in Philadelphia, and calls Sacramento home. His undergraduate work was in mechanical engineering and his MBA is from Rowan University in New Jersey. He is the president and CEO of Promptar, Ltd., a business based in Elk Grove which involves space technology, particularly for the thermal protection coating of flying objects, and optical components for sensors and electronic systems.
In considering their move to Sacramento, Francis and his wife, Jane Tsai, first toured the school, found it to be an excellent choice for their daughter, then made their final decision to move. Their daughter is a student in the Country Day high school.