NEW YORK, NY—The Markle Foundation announced today that Edward F. Rover, President of the Dana Foundation, has joined the Board of Directors of the Markle Foundation. The Dana Foundation focuses on programs and grants related to brain science and immunology research, as well as arts education.
Mr. Rover, a prominent attorney, was a Senior Partner at White & Case until 2004. At White & Case, he led a broad tax practice, where he advised and represented many tax-exempt organizations and domestic and international companies. He also served as outside counsel to public charities and private foundations, including the Markle Foundation.
“The Markle Foundation is fortunate to have Ed Rover join its Board of Directors. Ed’s leadership in the world of philanthropy and the law, as well his knowledge of the governance of businesses and private foundations, will enrich the work of the Markle Foundation,” said Zoë Baird, president of the Markle Foundation. “We anticipate benefiting greatly from Ed’s experience and wisdom, as we advance Markle’s key goals of realizing the potential of information technology in the areas of national security and health care, while protecting established civil liberties and privacy.”
Mr. Rover was named president of the Dana Foundation in May 2000, after serving as one of its trustees since 1995. The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropy based in New York City.
Mr. Rover’s philanthropic and civic involvements have been many and varied, spanning the fields of law, research science, and the arts. Among many other positions he has held, Mr. Rover has served as the Secretary of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, as Council member of the Harvard-Mahoney Neuroscience Institute at the Harvard Medical School, as well as a trustee of several organizations, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, the Rumsey Cartier Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California.
Mr. Rover earned his B.A., egregia cum laude, from Fordham University in 1961, after studying at the Institut d’Etudes Politique in Paris in 1959. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1964.