Fran Scarlett



Fran Scarlett is passionate about helping news entrepreneurs and their organizations start, grow and thrive. She is a strategist by training and a pragmatist at heart. Her experience working with small and large media organizations as both a consultant and executive has made her adept at assessing the current situation and recommending efficient and sustainable solutions.

For most of her career Scarlett worked in legacy media, but since 2016 she has worked with nonprofit news organizations at the Institute for Nonprofit News as chief knowledge officer and business coach.

Prior to her return to media, Scarlett served as the regional director of the Small Business & Technology Development Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. For eight years she served as adjunct faculty in the Cameron School of Business where she taught Entrepreneurship, Negotiation and Organizational Behavior.

Scarlett was a 2019 Fellow in the MTC program, and is a coach in UNC’s Hussman School Knight Table Stakes program. She has a B.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.