Richard M. Rosan is the past president of the ULI Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Urban Land Institute. ULI is a global nonprofit education and research institute supported by nearly 35,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in sustaining and creating thriving communities worldwide.
The ULI Foundation, which has a corpus of more than $40 million, supports many of the Institute’s general research and education activities, as well as local programs offered through ULI’s District Council network. In addition, the Foundation provides endowments for specific activities, including those related to workforce housing, infrastructure, sustainability, and public leadership in land use.
Mr. Rosan served as ULI Foundation president from 1992 to 2013. He also served as ULI’s top executive from 1992 to 2009. Under Mr. Rosan’s leadership, ULI experienced a fourfold increase in membership, expanded its global outreach into Europe and Asia, and secured many new funding sources. Mr. Rosan broadened ULI’s intellectual content through the creation of the ULI Senior Resident Fellows program and the funded Centers, which are supported through endowments from the ULI Foundation.
Mr. Rosan is an architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Prior to his service at ULI, he spent 22 years in New York City in several capacities, including 12 years with the City of New York, concluding with his service as the city’s Economic Development Director.
Mr. Rosan also served for six years as President of the Real Estate Board of New York, and he spent five years in the private development business as a project director for several large New York City development projects.
Mr. Rosan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1964. He received a Master’s degree in architecture in 1967 from the Architecture School of the University of Pennsylvania and continued postgraduate work in regional planning in 1968 at the University of Cambridge, England.