Earle I. Mack
A distinguished businessman, diplomat, and humanitarian, Ambassador Earle I. Mack has been an enthusiast of the arts his entire life. A senior partner of The Mack Company, a prominent real estate development, investment, and management firm, he became a founding board member of the reorganized Mack–Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE) when it merged its portfolio with Cali Realty in 1997.
Earle Mack’s commitment to public service includes his appointment by Governor George Pataki as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Council on the Art, and he now serves as Chairman Emeritus. During his time as Chairman and CEO, the Council nearly doubled funding for the arts in New York State. Mack was recognized by Governor Pataki in 2000 with the New York State Governor’s Arts Award for outstanding leadership in the arts.
He is also is a former co-chairman of the board of the Dance Theater of Harlem, a former board member of New York City Ballet, and a former member of the New York Governor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement.
Earle Mack has produced a number of notable plays and films including 1977’s Academy Award-nominated "The Children of Theatre Street," a feature documentary about Russia’s Vaganova Choreographic Institute (Kirov Ballet School) narrated by Princess Grace of Monaco. It was an official entry into the Cannes Film Festival, (1977) and winner of the National Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence, (1978). He was also the co-producer of the feature film Hard Choices, (1984) and She Dances Alone, and he co-produced the multi-media rock musical Stomp in 1970 with Joseph Papp and the New York State Shakespeare Public Theater. He co-produced with Jack Lemmon's National Theater Judgment at Nuremberg which appeared on Broadway.
He also has a long history as a philanthropist. He was a first responder arranging for five flights carrying emergency medical personnel -- including surgeons -- and equipment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the aftermath of the massive earthquake that struck in January 2010. He has advised three governors in New York’s thoroughbred racing industry, was appointed chairman of the New York State Racing Commission in 1983, and appointed to the NYRA board of trustees in 1990. He additionally has served on a variety of philanthropic boards public and private, including as Chairman for twelve years of the Board of Trustees at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Board of Trustees for the Appeal of Conscience Foundation Advisory Council, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (among others).
Earle Mack received his nomination for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the U.S. to the Republic of Finland from President George W. Bush. He served in 2004 and 2005.
Ambassador Mack received his Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University and attended Fordham School of Law. He has been honored as one of the “Drexel 100″ for Drexel Universities 100 most outstanding alumni and has received honorary degrees from Drexel University, Fordham Law School, and Yeshiva University. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He has served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry and Military Police, active and reserve duty. He is married and has two children.