5 Things You Might Not Know About the Pratts
1. In high school, one of Francine Pratt’s dreams was to open her own business, particularly a restaurant. During high school, she launched her own cake decorating and catering business. Early in life, she also modeled.
2. At one point in her life, the higher level of promotions in the corporate setting made her feel like something was missing. “I got to a point in life where it wasn’t about the money, even though I was making very good money and [I had] a really nice bonus and a corporate apartment,” Francine said. “I realized that the higher I went up, it just felt like something was missing. Wes moved to Springfield before I did and when an opportunity came up, I took a 50% cut in pay. That’s when I first got into nonprofits.” When she moved to Springfield, she took a 50% pay cut to work for the State of Missouri Family Division, living and working in Jefferson City and later was hired as the executive director of Isabel's House. This started her work in nonprofits.
3. Francine Pratt was born in France and lived overseas until she was 7 years old. When her family moved to Washington, D.C., she had to repeat second grade because she was told she didn’t understand English dialect.
4. In high school, H. Wes Pratt lettered in four sports. He was also a student activist.
5. When H. Wes Pratt was living in San Diego, he worked for the city’s first black city councilman, Leon Williams.