Born in Italy's beautiful seaport of Genoa, Franca Cavallaro received a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Genoa, where she also studied French. She later took a degree in Landscape Architecture in Milan and in Colorado before moving permanently to the United States. Prior to coming to Chico, she dedicated several years to marketing and international business development, and to the creation and launch of a computer tutorial in Italian.
Professor Cavallaro has traveled extensively, and has a deep passion for art and garden design. In her spare time she can often be found working/playing in her garden with her daughter April.