Frank brings over three decades of commercial expertise to Harvard with extensive experience creating, building, managing and leading successful real estate companies. His academic interests focus on real estate innovation, enterprise formation and strategy, and environmental sustainability in the built environment. Frank is currently the Co-Faculty Director of the Graduate School of Design’s MDes program in Real Estate and the Built Environment (REBE), and was the former Director of Harvard’s Real Estate Academic Initiative (REAI). Frank is also a core faculty member of Harvard’s Advanced Management Development Executive Education Program (AMDP). Beyond Harvard Frank is the founder of Chilmark Capital Advisors, a consultancy serving corporate real estate clientele. He is also a Board member and audit committee chair of Building Engines Inc., a national SaaS software corporation that provides advanced technology solutions to the commercial real estate industry.
Previously Frank was Chief Executive Officer of The Berkshire Group, the operating parent of several prominent public and private subsidiary real estate corporations. During his 26 years at Berkshire Frank completed the Initial Public Offerings of two multifamily REITs and two real estate healthcare corporations; executed the buyout of a NYSE REIT in partnership with The Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs; launched over a half dozen private firms in the mortgage finance, hospitality, multifamily, long term care, medical office and real estate venture finance industries; and sponsored fourteen institutional real estate funds with over $7 billion of capitalization.
Frank also has served as Chairman of Amstar Advisers, Berkshire Realty Ventures, KBRO Linen Systems and Aspen Furniture. Additionally, he was on the Board of Directors of Lodging Capital Partners, Berkshire Property Advisors, Berkshire Mortgage Finance, Berkshire Realty Holdings, Surebidge Inc. and SMS Modern Cleaning Services. Frank’s public company experience includes senior officer responsibility for two NYSE REITs and active engagement as an expert witness and corporate spokesman to the U.S. Congress on matters of urbanization and economic development. Frank received his BA from Cornell University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.