TITLE: President and Chairman
FUNDING AREAS: Music, arts education, K-12 education, youth development, housing, food security, health care, medical research
CONTACT: (310) 826-3869
PROFILE: Richard D. Rosman was Ella Fitzgerald's attorney, and now serves as President and Chairman of the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation. Rosman is a graduate of UCLA and of Harvard Law School.
His wife, Fran Morris Rosman, to whom he has been married for over 30 years, is the foundation's Executive Director. 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.