Francis William Fonseca
Born March 11, 1967 (Belize City)
Parents: William and Molly Fonseca
Francis Fonseca attended Saint Catherine’s Elementary School with further studies at Saint John’s High School followed by Saint John’s Junior College. His student life continued at the University of Southwestern Louisiana where he pursued a Bachelors Degree of Science in Economics which he acquired in 1988.
In the period 1989 – 1990, Francis worked as a Research Officer in the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR) from which he moved into the public service at the Ministry of Economic Development as an Economist for the term 1990 – 1991.
With a passion and a desire in defending the rights of citizens, he decided to pursue a degree in law at the University of the West Indies. Upon completion in 1994, he went on further to the Norman Manley Law School where he received his Certificate of Legal Education (C.L.E.) in 1996.
Returning with a legal education, Francis worked in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as Crown Counsel from 1996 – 1997. His private practice as a local attorney began in 1997 and went on up to the year, 2000 when at that point his work in the political arena had begun. In 2001, he served as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister. In 2003, he was elected to the House of Representatives as the Area Representative for the Freetown Division. With the People’s United Party in Government, Fonseca would become the Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Labor while serving as the Attorney General as well for the period 2003 – 2008. Despite the loss of the PUP at the polls in 2008, Francis would continue as an Area Representative as he was re-elected by the voters in the Freetown Division. In 2009, he became a Senior Deputy Party Leader within the ranks of the PUP from 2009 – October 2011 when he ascended to the seat of the Party Leader in October 2011 and was officially sworn in on November 3, 2011 as the Leader of the Opposition for Belize.
Francis has also dabbled in the art of writing as he was the co-author of “Social Studies Alive Workbook” along with Mr. William Fonseca which was published in 1997.
Outside his legal practice and his political works, Francis has and continues to contribute in other areas, namely:
- Volunteer – Belize Legal Aid Center 1992
- Member – Board of Directors of the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI) 1997
- Legal Advisor – United Belize Artist Associations (UBAA) 1997
- Member – Friends of Scouts 1997
- Campaign Manager – People’s United Party (Fort George Division) 1997
- Chairman – Fort George Community Association 1998
- Director – Central Bank of Belize 1998
- Chairman – Fort George Division – People’s United Party 1998
- Member – Central Executive – People’s United Party 1998
- Member – Board of Directors of the Small Farmer’s and Business Bank Ltd. 1998
- Past Executive Member – Bas Association of Belize 1997 – 1999
- Director – Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) 1997 – 1999
- Member – Board of Directors, University of Belize 1999
- Treasurer – Peoples’ United Party 1999