In 2008, Daniel Rose committed $5 million to the creation of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Daniel Rose Center. His gift is among the largest individual contributions ever made to the Institute.
Rose, chairman of Rose Associates Inc., a New York−based 85-year-old real estate organization, has pursued a career involving a broad range of professional, civic, and nonprofit activities. Professionally, he has developed such properties as the award-winning Pentagon City complex in Arlington County, Virginia, and the One Financial Center office tower in Boston. As an institutional consultant, Rose counts among his credits the creation and implementation of the “housing for the performing arts” concept for New York’s Manhattan Plaza.
Rose, who for a decade was a director of U.S. Trust Corporation, now serves as a director of more than 20 Dreyfus-sponsored mutual funds and was a trustee of Corporate Property Investors from 1972 to 1998. He also teaches, lectures, and writes on a variety of real estate and planning subjects.
Rose was appointed by President Bill Clinton as vice chairman of the Baltic-American Enterprise Fund, a U.S. government−funded organization that for 15 years stimulated free-market business activity in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He is now a director of the Baltic-American Freedom Foundation, its “legacy” philanthropic foundation.
Winner of a number of national Cicero Speechwriting Awards, Rose has been awarded honorary doctorates in engineering (New York University/Polytechnic University) and in humane letters (Long Island University) and has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as an “expert adviser” to the secretary the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as an “expert/consultant” to the commissioner of education of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He has also served on a number of state of New York and city of New York panels and advisory boards on taxation, housing, and economic development.
A military intelligence analyst and Russian-language specialist with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Rose has pursued his interest in foreign affairs as an officer or a member of the Foreign Policy Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and he was a founding board member of the EastWest Institute. From 2004 to 2006, he was a frequent participant by telephone on Forum, an English-language political discussion television program broadcast from Tehran, Iran.
The educational institutions with which Rose has been most closely affiliated are the Horace Mann School (board chair) and Yale University (associate fellow, Pierson College; Class of 1951 delegate, Association of Yale Alumni). Other academic involvements include Harvard University, Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the New School, New York University, and the Israel Technion. The Daniel Rose Chair in Urban Economics at MIT was the nation’s first.
Rose founded (and is now chairman emeritus of) the highly acclaimed Harlem Educational Activities Fund, whose inner-city students are flowing into the nation’s leading colleges and universities and whose junior high school chess teams have ranked first in the nation; and he is a founding board member of FC Harlem/Harlem Youth Soccer.
Other boards on which Rose has served include the Century Association, the New York State Council for the Humanities, the New York Institute for the Humanities (founding board member), the Museum of the City of New York, the Urban Land Institute, the National Humanities Center, the Committee for Economic Development, the Citizens Housing & Planning Council of NY Inc., the Forum for Urban Design (founding chair), the New York Convention Center Development Corp., the Realty Foundation of New York, the Urban Land Institute Foundation, the Police Athletic League, the Jewish Community Centers Association/NA (past chair), the Jewish Publication Society, and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York.
Over the years, Rose has received many of the real estate industry’s most notable awards, including the American Society of Real Estate Counselors’ James E. Landauer Award, the Building Owners and Managers Association’s Award for Community Service, the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence for Large-Scale Mixed-Use Development, the Realty Foundation of New York’s Man of the Year Award, and the New York Building Congress’s Rudin Award for Service to New York City. In 2003, he was named Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” in real estate.
Among Rose’s many other awards for a broad range of governmental, philanthropic, and cultural activities are the City of New York Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award, the Abyssinian Development Corporation’s Harlem Renaissance Award, and the W.E.B. DuBois Award of Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute, the Committee for Economic Development Trustee Leadership Award, and the Police Athletic League’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Volumes dedicated to Daniel and Joanna S. Rose include George Steiner’s In Bluebeard’s Castle and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s Life Upon These Shores—Looking at African American History.
Other recent philanthropic initiatives include the establishment of the joint Yale/Technion Rose Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism Program and the Technion-Cornell Center for Innovation.