David Franke is a principle at Franke & Company, a private investment firm headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Franke Company is a family office that focuses its efforts on a diverse set of private, alternative investment opportunities. Across the firm’s history, the investment portfolio has included investments into assets such as operating businesses, private equity transactions, real estate, venture capital, and other alternative asset classes.
Franke Company is the day to day responsibility for David. He has been with the firm since 1991. During his tenure, Franke has assessed a wide variety of investment offerings, participated in the negotiations of company investments, and been active in the management and oversight of acquired investments within the company portfolio. David is a board director for some of Franke portfolio companies.
Franke Company is also active philanthropically, with a focus toward higher education. David leads the efforts in finding philanthropic opportunities, assessing the merits of such, negotiating the gift and stewarding the impact of the gift. David is a member of the Northern Arizona University Foundation Board, University of Washington Foundation Board, has active committee roles with University of Montana, University of Arizona, the Mayo Clinic, and other agencies. Prior philanthropic roles have been as Chairman of Sojourner Center (a Phoenix based domestic violence agency), Chair of Arizona Business Accelerator, Education committee member of Opportunity International, and other roles. Franke holds a B.A. in political science from University of Washington and an MBA from Arizona State University.