Alicia Towns Franken | Future 40 2023 - Wine Enthusiast
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Alicia Towns Franken

Alicia Towns Franken

Executive Director, Wine Unify

Boston, Massachusetts

Alicia Towns Franken, executive director ofWine Unify,says it was her passion for building community and desire to champion a more diverse wine industry that led her to take on the leadership role. “[I wanted to] create an organization I wish I had had when I was starting out,” she says. A major part of her work is the organization’s mentorship program as well as its award program that provides funding for educational opportunities. Since its inception three years ago, Towns Franken notes, the nonprofit has provided nearly 150 awards to individuals who are inspired by, and bring a unique perspective to, the world of wine.