Northern Arizona University
David P. Franke, Director
David Franke is a principle at Franke & Company, a private investment firm headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The company has two funds under management – Indigo Partners, a private equity firm focused on the airline industry, and Franke & Company, a family fund focusing on a diverse set of private and alternative investment opportunities that includes operating businesses, private equity, real estate and other 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 thousands of deals, participated in the negotiations of company investments, and been active in the management and oversight of investments within the company portfolio. Over the years Franke & Company has invested in the areas of manufacturing, media, real estate, commodities, internet businesses, biotech, entertainment and other business sectors.
In addition to his role at Franke & Company, David has served in other capacities and community efforts. Some of these roles include Board Chair of Arizona Business Accelerator – an early stage incubator, Board Chair of Sojourner Center – a domestic violence shelter, Northern Arizona University Foundation board member, Mayo Clinic Leadership Council member, United Way Community Investment Committee member and other philanthropic roles.
Franke holds a B.A. in political science from University of Washington and an MBA from Arizona State University.