Dara Rose joined the foundation’s Learning & Enrichment team as a program officer in 2005. Before that, she was a member of the senior management of the Partnership for After-School Education, where she co-directed the Professional Development Institute, a training program for front-line staff and management of after school programs, and managed the Queens Cultural Partnership for Youth, a U.S. Department of Education model arts-education initiative in collaboration with Bank Street College. Previously, she directed youth programs at Citizens Committee for NYC and also worked in various capacities at Project Reach Youth, a Brooklyn-based agency that served children and families. The programs she managed there focused on youth leadership and service learning.
Rose has served on a number of boards of small youth-serving nonprofits and currently serves on the steering committees of New York City Youth Funders, an affinity group of Philanthropy NY, and the Grantmakers for Education Out-of-School Time Funder Network. She was a contributing writer and editor for a number of magazines and has written about topics including teen pregnancy, incarceration and youth organizing. Rose has been a frequent presenter and panelist on a range of out-of-school issues at meetings sponsored by organizations including Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, the National Summer Learning Association, and the National Afterschool Association. She has a master’s in public administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. from SUNY-Binghamton with a double major in sociology and Spanish literature and a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies.
The Wallace Foundation
Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve learning and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of the arts for everyone. In all of its work, the foundation seeks to benefit those it funds directly, and, to draw credible evidence and insights from their experience that when shared widely can benefit an entire field. The foundation’s current areas of focus include: education leadership, afterschool systems, summer and expanded learning, arts education and building audiences for the arts.