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Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia Peter Rosenstein Confirmation Resolution of 1999
PR 13-599

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Chairman Linda W. Crop at the request of the Mayor


To confirm the appointment of Mr. Peter Rosenstein to the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the " Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia Peter Rosenstein Confirmation Resolution of 1999".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Mr. Peter Rosenstein
1545 18th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
(Ward 2)

as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia, established by section 201 of the District of Columbia Public Postsecondary Education Reorganization Act, approved October 1, 1974 (88 State. 1424; D.C. Code §31-1511), replacing Carrie Thornhill, whose term ended May 15, 1999, for a term to end May 15, 2004.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.


Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. Rosenstein was born and raised in New York City. He attended the public school system and went through Junior and Senior High School programs for the gifted and talented. He graduated with a BA degree in political science and a minor in education from CONY in 1969 and received his MAP from Barite College in 1978.

Mr. Rosenstein began his career as a teacher in the New York City school system and was a community activist in Harlem, where he taught. He then pursued his long term interest in government and in succession was Administrative Aide to Congresswoman Bell S. Abuzz, Citywide Coordinator of local government for the Mayor's Office in New York City and Executive Director of the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals/Implementation Unit, Washington, DC.

In his White House Conference position, he analyzed the federal service delivery system as related to disabled citizens and worked with Congress on issues of special concern to disabled individuals, including full implementation of P.L. 94-142 (Education of Disabled Children), and section 504 of the 1974 Rehabilitation Act that insures access for the disabled.

Mr. Rosenstein then entered the association field as Executive Director of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Physician Assistant Programs, and worked as a private consultant in the areas of management, conference planning and financial management for associations. Most recently he was Executive Director of Accountants for the Public Interest, an association whose mission is to provide financial services to businesses, individuals and small non-profits who need those services but cannot afford to pay for them.

Mr. Rosenstein is active in the Association community and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. He served as a member of the Mayor's Committee on the Image of Washington and is on the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Professional Convention Management Association. He is the founder and President of Arts in Action.

Mr. Rosenstein has been Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children since October 1989.


1545 18th Street, NW, #405
Washington, DC 20036
202/232-1682 (H)
202/785-4268 (0)


Master of Public Administration, Barite College of CUNY, New York, NY - 1978
B.A., City College of New York, New York - 1969
Public Administration Program, Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY - 1976


Executive Director, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Washington, DC, October 1989 - Present

NAGC is an international association with affiliates in every state and Europe whose mission is to ensure that creatively and intellectually gifted children receive an appropriate education. Membership is made up of teachers, administrators, and parents. NAGC publishes a quarterly journal, a quarterly magazine, a newsletter, and other educational materials, and sponsors an annual conference and exhibit hall attended by more than 2,500 people. In a short period of time with NAGC I have been able to accomplish the following:

  • Move the National Office to Washington, DC, hire staff and set up a computer networked office.
  • Build a reserve fund of over $ 1.5 million through proper management of association programs.
  • Develop a National Advisory Board whose membership includes Governors, State Education Superintendents, members of Congress, and corporate representatives.
  • Develop a positive image for the association on Capitol Hill and with other education groups through planned public relations and new publications.
  • Start a new full color quarterly magazine, Parenting for High Potential.

Independent Consultant, P.D.R. Associates, Washington, DC, 1977 - Present

Consult with clients in the areas of conference management, fund raising, administration, disability rights, travel, public speaking, financial management, and political campaign management. Clients have included Coordinator Publications, COSSMHO, Walter Reed Hospital, the Department of Commerce, U.S. Commission on Human Rights, U.S. Department of Education Transition Committee, and numerous political candidates.

Executive Director, Accountants for the Public Interest, Washington, DC, October 1985 - September 1989

API is a national association that works through its affiliates to encourage accountants to provide pro bono publico accounting and financial management services to not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and individuals.

  • Established Association Headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • Expanded national network of affiliates.
  • Developed fundraising program.

Adjunct Associate Professor, The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Science, Washington, DC, January 1983-1986

Taught seminar in health financial issues to second-year medical students, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students.

Executive Director, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Arlington, VA, February 1981 - August 1984

The AAPA is the nationally recognized association representing physician assistants.

  • Served as CEO with full program, financial, and staffing responsibility.
  • Developed legislative program and served as Association Lobbyist
  • Built a $1 million reserve fund from income other than dues.
  • Developed public relations program to enhance the image of PAs with the public, Congress, and the medical community.
  • Increased association membership by 20%
  • Secured continued federal funding for PA programs.

Executive Director, White House Conference on Handicapped, Individuals/Implementation Unit, Washington, DC, January 1978 - January 1980

The White House Conference resulted in a multi-point plan demanding action on the federal, state, and local government levels, and in the private sector to improve the position of handicapped individuals in society.

Directed work of intra- and inter-agency councils, including high level representatives of over 30 federal agencies and commissions.

  • Conducted national Governors' Conference and four regional consumer conferences on disability issues.
  • Managed legislative agenda at federal and state levels.
  • Spoke at conferences and seminars in nearly every state.
  • Produced final report on federal progress in the areas of concern to the constituency.

City-wide Coordinator, Mayor's Office of Service Coordination, New York, NY, May 1974-June 1977

This office coordinated the delivery of municipal services for the Mayor through the newly formed and decentralized community boards.

  • Supervised 70 liaison, management, and administrative employees.
  • Assisted in preparation and monitoring of $7.5 million budget.
  • Developed and conducted seminars on local government for City Administrators and community board members.

Administrative Aide, Congresswoman Bell S. Abuzz, New York, NY, January 1973 - May 1974

Teacher, New York City Board of Education New York, NY, September 1969- December 1972


Conferences and Seminars Planned and Conducted:

  • Scouting and Youth in the Inner City. Developed for scout leaders and volunteers, 1975.
  • Training course on working with community organizations for New York City administrators and commissioners, 1976.
  • Decentralization Conference, New York City, 1976. 300 community activists and city employees.
  • Consumer action seminars: three regional conferences on state and local government for handicapped consumers, parents, providers, and advocates. May and June, 1979.
  • Follow-up to the White House Conference on the Handicapped for Governors and their staffs. Minneapolis, MN, 1979. Emphasis on PL 94-142, human and civil rights.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants annual Conference and Exhibit, 1981, 1982, 1983.
  • Lobbying: The Federal Trade Commission as an example: Substance and Technique. For the Washington Society of Association Executives, Washington, DC, 1983.
  • COSSMHO; Social Service and Health Issues, Bi-annual conference, Los Angeles, CA, 1984. Accountants for the Public Interest, Annual meeting, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989.
  • National Association for Gifted Children, Annual Convention, 1990 through 1997.

Articles and Papers:

  • "Decentralization - Is it Cost Effective?", Journal of the Center for Governmental Studies, Vol. 1, 1976.
  • "Social Services and 504", Public Welfare Journal, September 1979.
  • "Implications: 504 and PL 94-142", Regulatory Eye, September 1979.
  • The National Council on the Handicapped, Position Paper, 1979.
  • The International Year for Disabled Persons, Position Paper, 1979.
  • "Transportation for the Handicapped - A Statement", A Consultation sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, May 1979.
  • "Public Service Accounting", Journal of Accountancy, April 1987.
  • "The National Association for Gifted Children Looks to the Future", Our Gifted Children, July 1991.
  • "The Art of Negotiation," USAE News, July 1997.
  • "Staff; Membership; or Market-Driven? That's the Question!", USAE News, September 1997.
  • Quarterly Executive Director's Column, Parenting for High Potential, September 1996 - Present.


  • On 504 and PL 94-142 to Governors' Committees, consumer and parent groups in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, New Mexico, New York, and Washington.
  • On PA services to consumer and provider groups in 30 states.
  • On Third Party Reimbursement to the American Society of Law and Medicine Conference, 1982, 1983.
  • Third Party Reimbursement for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, St. Louis University School of Law, 1982.
  • Speeches as surrogate for political candidates to groups of 50 to 3,000 individuals. Topics included local government, federal/state relations, and citizen involvement.
  • Advocacy: How and Why, Mid-States Conference, Denver, CO, 1991.
  • Advocacy for Gifted Education in America, World Congress on Gifted, The Hague, 1991.
  • Gifted Education in the United States: Past, Present and Future, World Congress on Gifted, Seattle, WA, 1997
  • On Gifted Education for education groups and NAGC affiliates in over 20 states.

Volunteer Activities:

  • 1978 Board of Higher Education Search Committee, Barite College Presidential Search.
  • Scouting: Commissioner, Hendric Hudson District, New York City Explorer Advisor, Troop 780M, Scouting Committee for the Handicapped, Washington, DC.
  • League of Disabled Voters, Founding member, Board of Directors and Incorporator.
  • Inspire '85, Festival on the Mall, Washington, DC.
  • Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, Law and Legislative Committee, Chair 1988-89.
  • Capital Chapter Professional Convention Management Association, member Board of Directors, 1995- Present.
  • President and Founder, "Arts in Action," 1995 - Present.


  • Who's Who in Washington,DC.
  • Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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