Francisca Pretorius

Senior Associate | MBA in Residence

Businesses are a crucial piece of a prosperous and sustainable future. I believe that sustainable business practices not only improve companies’ financial performance, but also benefit employees, stakeholders, the environment, and society at large.

(720) 372-9585
Amherst, MA

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Francisca is passionate about using her for-profit, non-profit, legal, and social enterprise experience to help build and grow businesses that are profitable, sustainable, and beneficial for all stakeholders.

Francisca practiced law at a corporate law firm in Johannesburg for 4.5 years. She has extensive academic experience and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Strathmore University’s law school in Nairobi, Kenya, teaching Foundations of Roman Law and Legal Practice Management. Francisca also worked for and served on the board of a South African non-profit organization that identifies, connects, and mobilizes change-makers in Africa. Francisca is licensed to practice law in Colorado and holds an MBA in Global, Social, and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University.

Francisca’s hobbies include playing violin, going to concerts, travelling, and hiking with her husband, Jeff.


  • Producer, marketing, purchasing, worker, consumer, and multi-stakeholder ownership models
  • Solar and renewable energy
  • Electric cooperative utilities
  • Media centers
  • Farming, agriculture, and food producers
  • Arts and culture
  • Technology and #platformcoops
  • Mental health
  • Freelance and gig economy

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Practice Areas

  • Business model architecture and design
  • Social enterprise entity formation
  • Nonprofit entity formation
  • Employment, consulting, and independent contractor agreements
  • Custom transactional support
  • Regulatory compliance
  • General outside (virtual inside) counsel
  • Cooperative development
  • Consulting services
  • Training, organizational development, education, and public speaking

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LLB cum laude, University of Pretoria

LLM in International Trade Law, University of Stellenbosch

Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA summa cum laude, Colorado State University

Bar Admissions

South Africa: admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa – 2013

Colorado – 2017


  • Leadership Excellence and Academic Distinction Award, 2017, Colorado State University College of Business
  • International Presidential Fellow, 2017, Colorado State University