Roger Frank is one of the pioneers in using the capital markets for social change. Prior to joining Benchmark Asset Managers, as a Partner at Developing World Markets, he was instrumental in both raising & deploying over $500 million of debt and equity which provided investors market-rate returns and provided capital to microfinance institutions in the developing world.
Before DWM, as an emerging markets veteran who has traveled to and worked in over 50 countries worldwide, he introduced many global investors to emerging markets and raised over $1 billion at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Lazard in primary and secondary transactions for emerging markets companies.
He was a winner of the inaugural, 2008 Fast Company Award for companies having a positive social impact and, as an industry expert in sustainable investing, has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Fast Company and Chronicle of Philanthropy. Given the increasing interest in sustainable investing, he is a frequent lecturer at conferences and universities.
After starting his own graphic design studio, founding community arts programs, teaching in prisons & schools and an extensive tour behind the iron curtain, he received an MBA in Finance and International Business from New York University Stern School of Business. While there he was also President of The Urban Business Assistance Corporation, a student run company that provided consulting and educational services to minority entrepreneurs. He holds a BFA, cum laude, from the University of Delaware and speaks conversational German and Spanish. He is a member of the Social Performance Task Force, his local community Board, plays in a masters soccer league and coaches youth soccer & baseball.