Dana engages in numerous local philanthropic endeavors including an annual gift drive for Treehouse for Foster Kids at the holidays, now in its 15th year. She has Co-Chaired Bellevue LifeSpring, Woodland Park Zoo, Treehouse’s 25th Soiree Gala, and served on MoPOP’s Founder’s Award Committee.
Dana grew up in her family run real estate investment firm in Seattle, Frank Enterprises. Twenty-five years ago, she became the General Managing Partner of the company—now named The TD Frank Family Properties—and she continued to expand their investments with prime real estate properties in Washington state and Arizona.
Dana has been honored with her properties being featured as the Seattle Times Home of the Week and recognized for her work to assist low-income families in finding housing. In March 2016, Dana and her mother/partner Theresa Frank were featured on the cover of the Seattle Times in a story titled “Persistence Pays” which shared their journey as long-term landlords in the transitional Central District.
“Dana has the remarkable talent to connect female entrepreneurs and energy movers to align on important causes by not just raising monies but much needed awareness. Her activism on the behalf of foster youth and their challenges is nothing short of monumental. It is said that to plant a tree in whose shade one knows they will never sit is one of the greatest of human efforts. That is Dana.”
MARTA DALLA GASPERINA
Co-founder of Tommy Bahama
One of Dana’s biggest assets is event planning and using her expansive network of friends and business associates as a resource. An avid supporter of the arts and culture, Dana leveraged her network for the grand opening ceremonies for the first African American Museum in Seattle which honored her uncle, music impresario, Quincy Jones and hosted talent Santana and the late James Ingram.
Dana is frequently asked to do “The Ask” at fundraisers because of her passion for charitable fundraising. She did the ask for the LINKS STEAM program, raising funds for low-income students in the field of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math as well as the O Wine Scholarship Foundation which raised enough to fully pay four years of tuition and board for two deserving women.
Dana resides in Seattle and has two children—a son, Brett (who is a graduate of the Foster Business School at the University of Washington, who is now her business partner, and a daughter, Taryn, a Chapman University Dodge School of Film and Media Arts student. When not otherwise engaged, Dana enjoys traveling, playing tennis, attending sporting events, reading, movies, and visiting her second homes in Scottsdale, Arizona or the home she shares with her husband Eric in Nashville.
Dana and her sister co-write a blog, www.menopausebarbees.com, as the tagline goes,
“We are getting older, but we are still dolls!”
fun facts about dana
Blogger on Menopausebarbees.com for over 12 years
Involved in renovating and leasing rental housing
Advocates housing provider’s rights and shows compassion for residents in need
Enjoys live music and concerts—spending part of her time in Nashville where her husband resides. She enjoys the lively Broadway and Printer’s Alley Music Scene
Model—Dana is a model for various print, magazine, and other advertising
Lover of red wines; attended a Screaming Eagle Wine Tasting
Throws epic parties including an annual gift drive for Treehouse for Foster Kids and Halloween dress up
Plays tennis weekly, and swims, rides a bike, and skis.
Avid sports fan—supports all local teams:
UW Huskies, Seahawks, Kraken, Mariners
Loves making friends and being a connector
Family First—Mother to two amazing offspring; still lives with 90 year old mom whom she calls her biggest inspiration
Participated in 50 over 50 Photoshoot for Natalie Eyestone Wallace
Travels—have been to most every US state
An avid reader
Lover of movies, music and dancing
Dana was formerly Chief Marketing Officer for The Newark Bears—the last team affiliated with the Negro Leagues and has spent time at the Kansas City Negro Leagues Museum
Dana regards one of her biggest assets is her vast rolodex of friends all over the states and a great sense of humor
Dana writes a memoir redefining the black wealth experience through perseverance.