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Frank J. Jones, PH.D, MBA, MS

Investment Committee Co-Chair, Principal, San Rafael

Frank is a 40-year veteran of the investment business. As Co-Chair of the Private Ocean investment committee, he uses his vast knowledge and experience to recommend and approve all investment strategies pursued and products used on behalf of clients.

Frank’s career accomplishments include playing a founding role at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), the first electronic options exchange, and managing a $29 billion stock, bond and real estate portfolio at Guardian Life. At ISE, Frank served as Chairman of the Board and of the Corporate Governance Committee and was on the Executive Committee throughout his tenure as well as the IPO Pricing Committee. At Guardian, he was the Chief Investment Officer and Executive Vice President.

Frank held strategic and executive positions at Merrill Lynch, Kidder Peabody and the N.Y. Stock Exchange, where he initiated the New York Stock Exchange stock options program.

Frank is currently a professor of finance at San Jose State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Portfolio Management and also Business Valuation and Venture Capital. He also has taught at Notre Dame, NYU, Columbia, Yale, MIT, and Rutgers. He has published three books, including The Handbook of Traditional and Alternative Investment Vehicles, and he is a co-author of The Foundation of Markets and Institutions.


  • PhD in Economics, Stanford University
  • MBA, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS in Nuclear Engineering, Cornell University
  • BA and BS in Engineering, University of Notre Dame
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