TITLE: Executive Director
FUNDING AREAS: Music, arts education, K-12 education, youth development, housing, food security, health care, medical research
CONTACT: (310) 826-3869
PROFILE: Fran Morris Rosman is a jazz archivist, and is a graduate from the University of California at Irvine and the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago. She serves as Executive Director of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation. Her husband, Richard D. Rosman, to whom she has been married for over 30 years, is the foundation's President and Chairman.
The couple gave a joint interview to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, that shared the following insight regarding their family life and their history of philanthropy:
Family details: One son, Randal, who is currently interning in the resort business in Eilat, Israel, and a very large and close extended family, as Fran is one of 13 first cousins. Big family Shabbat dinners are the norm at the Morris/Rosman household.
Personal Interests: The Morris/Rosmans are both passionate about family, their careers, Ella Fitzgerald, books, travel and baseball-especially the Dodgers.
When did you first learn about philanthropy: "We were taught about charity an early age. As kids, we raised money to grow trees in Israel, did paper drives and collected for UNICEF. Growing up, we always had a pushke box on the table. The concept of giving back was always present." Both Fran's and Richard's parents were very involved with the City of Hope Medical Center. "In fact, our mothers met through their volunteerism and set us up!," Fran shared.