Donna Perret Rosen

Donna Perret Rosen was Director/Owner of Galerie Simonne Stern in New Orleans for 23 years.

During that time, she pioneered the Warehouse District when she moved her gallery from the Garden District to Julia Street in 1984. Through her efforts, this area later became known as The Arts District. She served as an officer on the boards of the Contemporary Arts Center, Arts Council and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. She was honored by the Times Picayune as one of the “Women to Watch” and selected as a “Role Model” by the YWCA. Her vision in 1994 resulted in a New Orleans summer cultural event, White Linen Night, an event that continues to this day.

Currently, she serves as a Trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art; New Orleans Museum of Art Executive Committee; The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering; Women’s Committee of Central Park Conservancy; Vice Chairman of American Friends of the British Museum; and Vice President of Venetian Heritage Society. She is a former trustee of the American Archives of the Smithsonian and the Second Stage Theatre. She was honored by Second Stage for her commitment and support of American playwrights and artists.

In 2015, she and her husband Ben founded KentPresents, a not-for-profit ideas conference that annually brings together for three days in northwestern Connecticut 70 thought leaders and 300 attendees to exchange ideas on vital issues of our time, and to distribute financial surpluses to charities focused on people in need.

She was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and educated at Mississippi State College for Women, founded by an ancestor, as the first woman’s land grant college in America. She has a daughter, Melanie Perret, who lives in New Orleans.