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Frannie Kieschnick

Frances (Frannie) Hall Kieschnick is an Episcopal priest and community leader. Until recently, she was Senior Associate Rector and Director or Contemplative Engagement at Trinity Church, Menlo Park. She was one of the first women ordained over 30 years ago, and is known for liturgical innovation, service learning and the formation of new services and congregations. She has long been active in interfaith peace and justice work and affordable housing. Her first parish was All Saints’ Pasadena. Her focus now is stopping violence against women through education, training, and enterprise. She co-founded The Beatitudes Society, and serves on its board, the advisory board of Yale Divinity School, the executive committee of Human Rights Watch North, the founding board of Heartbeat: a journey toward earth’s wellness, the board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and of The Regeneration Project, and the advisory board of Shared Trade: A Fair Share for Women. She has worked with Eve Ensler’s V-Day to support the women of the City of Joy in the DRC and with Becca Stevens’ Thistle Farms in Nashville, a women’s workforce enterprise for women coming out of prison, prostitution and addiction. She is a volunteer chaplain at Stanford Hospital. Frannie loves to dance, play mixed doubles, hike, and backpack. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband, Michael, co-founder of Working Assets/CREDO and is proud of the paths chosen by her grown children — teaching and public interest law. Frannie graduated from Yale College and the Episcopal Divinity School.