Michael Rossi joined the Claremont Graduate University Board of Trustees in 1994 and became its chairman in 2009. Rossi is the chairman of Shorestein Properties and oversees the strategic direction of the company. He is chairman of the company’s executive committee and a member of its investment committee. Prior to assuming the role of chairman, Rossi was a founding member of the company’s advisory board and served as a consultant to the company, focused on succession planning, business planning, compensation practices, and organizational development.

Rossi is a retired vice chairman of BankAmerica Corporation, serving from 1993 to 1997. Prior to serving as vice chairman, Rossi was BankAmerica’s chief credit officer. Prior to that post, he held various executive positions within the company. From 2005 to 2007, Rossi was chairman and CEO of Aozora Bank, taking it public in November 2006. He also spent eight months as chairman of GMAC/ResCap.

Rossi is the senior advisor to the San Francisco 49ers, chairman of the board of Claremont Graduate University, senior advisor for Jobs and Economic Development for the Governor of the State of California, chairman of the California Workforce Development Board, and a director of the California High Speed Rail Authority. He is a former chairman of the board of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Lifesavers, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, Visit California, and the American Diabetes Association of California. He also served on the President’s Campaign Cabinet for University of California at Berkeley, was a member of the board of the Special Olympics Committee of Northern California, was a board member of the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the National Urban League, and was a member of the nominating committee and a past president of the board of the Bankers Association for Foreign Trade.

Rossi earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.