Frank Beal is a Senior Executive at the Civic Consulting Alliance, a public service consulting organization created by the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Between 2000 and 2014, he served as Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies.
Previously with Inland Steel Industries, Beal served as president and chief executive officer of Ryerson/West, a metals distribution company owned by Inland. He also held the positions of general manager of corporate planning and development and president of Ryerson International (an operating unit of Inland Steel Industries) and general manager of purchasing for Inland Steel Company.
Prior to joining Inland, Beal was director of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources and a special assistant for energy and environmental affairs for Governor James Thompson. Under Governor Richard Ogilvie, Beal served as the state's first deputy director of the Institute for Environmental Quality, which conducts research on energy, natural resources and environmental issues for the state.
As a former employee of the American Planning Association, he has edited and published several books, articles and research reports on urban affairs and land use planning.
Beal 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. Appointed to the CMAP Board by Mayor Daley as one of five representatives for the City of Chicago, Beal serves both the Waste Water Committee and the Regional Coordinating Committee.
Beal 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.