Meet the Team


The Professionals of Color Network (POCN) is a hub, all people of color are welcome. What we create and grow together will emerge and reflect those who choose to connect, collaborate, and be in community. We humbly hold the space and provide what resources are available and requested. We stand for a simple idea: we are better together.

The Leaders

Elizabeth Franz – Executive Director

Elizabeth Mary Tavara Franz (she/her) is the Principal Certified Mediator at Humanz Mediate. As a mediator, she has been supporting people in their most impactful conversations for the past 10 years. Elizabeth serves as the Executive Director of the Professionals of Color Network. She also serves on the  Cemetery Committee of Broomfield County, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Board, and  Platform 4 Women Advisory Board. She is grateful to the Filipino American Community of Colorado for the privilege to learn traditional Filipino dances. She is also an alumnae of the Colorado Dragon Boat’s Emerging Leadership Program. 

Fion Surges – Managing Director

Fion is a professional software engineer and serves as the Managing Director of the Professionals of Color Network (POCN). Prior to being a technologist, Fion was in software sales and spent many years building a comprehensive professional network while maintaining her ties to community service. Fion is passionate about building relationships by connecting professionals with one another amongst the community. In her free time, she enjoys tending to her many houseplants, crafting, and spending time outdoors.