Cole R. Francis is an associate on the credit research team within the Investment Research & Strategy department at Gurtin Municipal Bond Management. Mr. Francis is responsible for performing fundamental credit analyses on municipal obligors throughout the country, as well as conducting sustainability and environmental, social, and governance research, including deep research on public power and renewable energy.
Prior to joining Gurtin Municipal Bond Management in March 2017, Mr. Francis worked as an intern within the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles. Previously, Mr. Francis worked at the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic where he focused on energy efficiency and energy data issues within the state of Illinois and other Midwest states. His work included the publication of a white paper on the legal framework for maximizing the value of energy usage data, collaboration with the Illinois state government regarding the creation of a plan to reduce carbon emissions, and legal analysis of recent energy statutes passed in Illinois and Michigan.
Mr. Francis earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago. He graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.