Frank Beal

Frank Beal

Senior Executive 312-853-1237

Frank joined the Civic Consulting Alliance as a Senior Executive in October of 2014. His principal responsibility is to support the work of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways.

Current work assignments include the preparation of a transportation strategy for Cook County. He is also assisting the County in developing a 7 county regional economic development organization that will address region-wide economic growth issues.

Between 2000 and 2014, Frank served as the Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies. Metropolis Strategies was created by The Commercial Cub of Chicago to address a range of public policy challenges within metropolitan Chicago, including criminal justice reform, improved transportation, early childhood education, and affordable housing.

In addition, Frank has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ryerson/West, a metals distribution company owned by Inland Steel Industries. During his tenure with Inland he also served as General Manager of Corporate Planning, President of Ryerson International, Vice-President of the Inland coal company, and General Manager of Purchasing.

Prior to joining Inland, Frank was Director of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources and a Special Assistant for Energy and Environmental Affairs for Governor James Thompson.

Frank serves on the board of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a public interest law and policy center dedicated to social justice issues. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the region’s official planning agency.

Frank graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's degree in urban planning and has a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Antioch College.