CO-FOUNDER AND ADVISOR
A recognized leader on housing, transportation and economic development issues, Frank Fernandez currently serves as Vice President of Community Development at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. Before relocating to Atlanta, Frank served as the Executive Director of Green Doors, a non-profit group devoted to transforming lives and neighborhoods for people in need in Central Texas.
Frank has worked extensively to help create housing solutions across the income spectrum. He is the co-founder of HousingWorks, an Austin-based affordable housing advocacy coalition, and served as the chair of the Texas Supportive Housing Coalition. Frank also led the successful 2006 campaign to pass $55 million in municipal bonds to support affordable housing in Austin, and served as Chair of the City of Austin’s 2012 Bond Election Advisory Task Force.
Frank is also active on transportation issues, having served on the Board of Capital Metro, Central Texas’ public transit agency, including service as chair of the agency’s Finance & Audit Committee. Frank also co-founded and served as chair of the Alliance for Public Transportation, a non-profit group promoting progressive transit initiatives, and is a former board member of CAMPO, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Central Texas.
Prior to joining Green Doors in 2006, Frank served for five years as Deputy Director of PeopleFund, a community development financial institution. He previously worked as a public sector financial analyst for Salomon Smith Barney in New York City, structuring over $1 billion in financial transactions. Frank has also provided consulting services to a wide variety of clients over the past decade, including universities, non-profits, trade associations, and foundations.
Frank’s work has been honored in the Austin community. In 2005, he received the “Vision Award” from Liveable City for his work creating HousingWorks. More recently, Frank received the Non-Profit Leadership award from Austin Under 40, and was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year.
Frank, a Florida native, holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Harvard University and an M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He and his wife Tina are the parents of 11-year old Lucia and 13-year-old Franky.