Former President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras
Jesse Rosen retired in 2020 as President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, where since 2008 he had been a leading voice for more than seventeen hundred member organizations and individuals, empowering them with knowledge and perspective to navigate a rapidly changing environment. Under Rosen’s leadership, the league advocated for orchestras’ authentic engagement with community; renewed efforts to address equity, diversity, and inclusion; and encouraged greater fiscal literacy and discipline, and increased use of data to inform decision-making. He has increased the league’s impact by building partnerships with organizations such as New Music USA, BoardSource, the Thornton School of Music at USC, the Sphinx Organization, and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
Among the initiatives Mr. Rosen has spearheaded are Ford Made in America, the largest-ever orchestra-commissioning consortium; the Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service; the Music Alive composer residency program; the Noteboom Governance Center, strengthening governance practice; and the American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, promoting experimentation and innovation.
Mr. Rosen previously served as General Manager of the Seattle Symphony, Executive Director of the American Composers Orchestra, and Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic.