Fran Stier earned a BA in anthropology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in anthropology at the University of Arizona, studying agriculture among the San Blas Cuna of Panama. She taught anthropology at Purdue for a year, and worked 3 years as Regional Anthropologist in West Africa for the United States Agency of International Development.
Fran then worked as an actuary, becoming a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1989, and doing financial reporting for life insurance companies for 34 years before retiring.
A member of Congregation Ohev Shalom of Wallingford since 1983, Fran served as Social Action chair for 15 years. She served as co-chair for the Chester/Delco chapter of Heeding God's Call to End Gun Violence for 3 years