Gay Marie Francisco completed her Master of Public Policy degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Arts, Media, Film, and Television at the University of Auckland. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Politics and International Relations.
Her research interests include women’s representation in politics, gender and public policy, and media and politics.
Gay has worked in the private sector handling corporate communication and corporate affairs. She also worked in the academe as Vice President for Administration of a tertiary institution in the Philippines where she had the opportunity to develop student programs and establish the scholarships and career and placement services units. She has been also involved in various nonprofits. She was executive director of Muntinlupa Development Foundation which helps urban poor communities. She was also the director for communication of Bato Balani Foundation which aims to help in uplifting the quality of education in the Philippines.