Dr. Howard Rossman is the Vice Chairman of Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. and the founder and past CEO and Chairman of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., one of the largest fund of hedge funds in the world. In those roles, he was 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. Dr. Rossman continues to provide strategic guidance to Mesirow Financial and its subsidiaries.
Dr. Rossman is also the Founder and President of the Civic Leadership Foundation which focuses on developing programs that help youth successfully navigate important transitions from middle school to high school, high school to college, school to work, and from the juvenile justice system to school and work. By combining effective development of positive relationships with community-based, youth-led projects, their programs increase youth engagement and sense of empowerment. With a background in psychology and deep experience in organizational leadership and entrepreneurship, Dr. Rossman has provided guidance to the strategic development of CLF’s programs and operations.
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.