Andy Frank, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Development, Johns Hopkins

Andy Frank, Special Adviser to the President on Economic Development, Johns Hopkins

andyAndrew Frank joined The Johns Hopkins University in June 2010 as the first special adviser to the president on economic development.

The position was created to work with internal and external partners to develop and implement strategies to strengthen the communities around the student campuses and Baltimore City, more generally. His priorities are the Homewood Community Partners Initiative, a comprehensive revitalization strategy that encompasses ten neighborhoods around the Homewood campus, and the East Baltimore Development Initiative (EBDI), a $1.8 billion neighborhood transformation effort involving new housing, lab space, community school, retail, central park, and hotel. Recognizing that quality schools are a major of where people want to live, Frank played a key role in building a new k-8
“contract” school in East Baltimore and arranging for two long-term academic partnerships with schools near Homewood.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Frank worked with the City of Baltimore for 15 years, with three years as First Deputy Mayor for neighborhood and economic development. As First Deputy Mayor, Frank’s responsibilities included oversight of 12 city departments and offices, ranging from the Departments of Housing, Planning, Public Works and Transportation to the Baltimore Development Corporation and Visit Baltimore.

Before moving to City Hall, he was executive vice president of the BDC for six years, involved in attracting and retaining businesses, redevelopment, commercial revitalization, and urban design and planning, among other issues. Frank help found and remains involved with three well-established non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting Baltimore as a place live, improving the visitor experience within the world famous Inner Harbor, restoring the historic and cultural heart of Baltimore, Mount Vernon Place.

In November, Frank was appointed to Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Frank has a bachelor’s degree in urban economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in city planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Baltimore City with his partners and son, who, as a freshman, started on Poly’s varsity soccer team.