Meet the Director

Francine C. Ecker

Fran Ecker was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as the Director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services in April of 2014.  In this position Ms. Ecker is responsible for the overall operations of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice planning agency including the administration of over 350 million dollars in state and federal criminal justice funds.

Prior to her appointment as agency head, Fran was the Senior Policy Advisor for Strategic Planning for the National Criminal Justice Association, where she consulted with federal, state, and local government in the areas of criminal justice planning, evidence-based program development, and organizational management.

 From  2003-2010 she served as a Division Director at DCJS, where she was responsible for the Corrections, Juvenile, and Victim Services Sections of the agency, as well as for Department training activities. Ms. Ecker has over 25 years of management experience in state and local government. Throughout her career in government service, and previous work as the Executive Director of a rural victim services program in the New River Valley, she has been instrumental in the design, development, and implementation of state and local criminal justice programs.  

Ms. Ecker currently serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse, the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, the Virginia Drug Court Advisory Committee, the Executive Committee of the Virginia Center for Behavioral Health and Justice and as a member of the Board of the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation and the National Criminal Justice Association.

Ms. Ecker earned her B.S.W. in Social Welfare in 1978, and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology in 1981 from Temple University. She resides in Goochland County.