Fran served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Budget Analyst in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Program Examiner in the National Security Division at the Office of Management and Budget, and a Legislative Assistant in the office of then-Senator Chuck Hagel. Fran also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Homeland Security Institute. He served 10 years as a Combat Engineer officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Fran holds a J.D. from the University of Louisville and a B.A. from Providence College.