F. Francis Najafi is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivotal Group, a twenty-five-year-old investment firm with extensive experience in private equity investments, operating technology companies, and all major real estate product types. Najafi is also a patron of numerous cultural and civic organizations.
Pivotal’s investments have included major hotel properties such as the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, commercial office properties such as 650 California Street in San Francisco, community development projects such as Promontory in Park City, and internet protocol infrastructure firms such as Network Solutions and NxSystems.
Over the past quarter century while heading Pivotal Group, Najafi devoted significant time and resources to causes in the public interest. He currently serves on the Board of directors of EastWest Institute and the PARSA Community Foundation, he is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI), and serves as Governor of the ULI Foundation. He is also active in the World President’s Organization (WPO) and Chief Executive’s Organization (CEO).
Locally, Najafi is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), he is a Trustee of Thunderbird – The School of Global Management, a Foundation Board member of Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). He is a member of the President’s Club at Arizona State University and serves on the ASU Dean’s Council.
Najafi completed his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), followed by two Masters Degrees from Thunderbird – The School of Global Management, and the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, he began his entrepreneurial activities while a Ph.D. candidate in International Political Economy.