Dr. Howard Rossman is the Founder and President of the Civic Leadership Foundation. With a background in psychology and deep experience in organizational leadership and entrepreneurship, he has provided guidance to aspiring elected leaders and developed and founded the Civic Leadership Foundation to promote the principles and practices of ethical leadership.
Dr. Rossman is also the Chairman and founder of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., one of the largest fund of hedge funds in the world, and a Vice Chairman of its parent, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. In those roles he has been a member of the investment, executive and management committees and responsible for all aspects of organizational management, including due diligence, strategic analysis and planning and market development. As the author of many articles on alternative strategies, Dr. Rossman has spoken at numerous conferences on non-traditional investing and asset allocation and has been a recognized leader in the hedge fund of funds business for over 25 years.
In addition, Dr. Rossman has chaired the boards of several not-for-profit organizations and currently serves as a Board Member of the Third Way, Truman National Security Project, AmericaSpeaks, and the Democratic Leadership Council.
He received an A.B. in sociology from Princeton University, an M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies.