Principal and Co-Founder
David Franco is Principal and Co-Founder of Level 2 Development, a real estate development firm specializing in mixed-use projects in Washington, D.C. David’s success as a businessman rests on his entrepreneurial style, community relationship values, and well-practiced business experience in applying creative solutions that benefit stakeholders throughout all phases of the real estate development process.
David’s family has a rich retail history in D.C, beginning with his family's first store, a children’s apparel store, which operated from 1937-1984 in the downtown business district. After attending University of Maryland, David co-founded and operated several successful businesses between 1985 and 2017, including: Discount Mart, a DC-based, five-unit general merchandise chain; Trumpets Restaurant; Tracks Nightclub; and, Universal Gear, a seven-unit men’s clothing store in several major cities.
David currently serves as a mayoral appointee on the Board of Directors of DC Water, Washington, DC’s regional water and wastewater authority. Additionally, David was mayoral appointee to the Re-Open DC Advisory Committee, tasked with providing policy recommendations to the Mayor for re-opening DC during the COVID-19 Pandemic. David was an appointee by DC’s Mayor Fenty to the DC Housing and Community Development's (DCHCD) Housing Protection Trust Fund Board.