- Susan Kennedy
- Director of Communications, Office of Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin Names
Rosanne Foust Woman of the Year
San Mateo – Assembly Speaker Pro-Tem Kevin Mullin announced his selection of Rosanne Foust, President and CEO of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) as the 2021 Assembly District 22 Woman of the Year.
For over 30 years, the California State Legislature has celebrated the achievements of women throughout the state with its annual Woman of the Year celebration, which takes place during Women's History Month. Each Assemblymember and State Senator selects a woman from their district. Traditionally, honorees are invited to the State Capitol to be introduced on the Assembly Floor and are given a resolution honoring their contributions to the community and state. This year’s recognition, like so many other events, was held virtually on Monday, March 15.
“Rosanne is a true leader with a long history of accomplishments and I am pleased to pay tribute to such a talented and dedicated member of our community. She is a strong voice for business in San Mateo County and across the Bay Area, and during the past year demonstrated her remarkable ability to rally across sectors to help those in need,” said Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin.
As President and CEO of SAMCEDA, Ms. Foust directs conversations important to maintaining a strong local and regional economy, attracting and retaining major employers and good jobs, and creating partnerships between business and government to address the critical issues of affordable housing, mobility improvements and maintaining a good quality of life.
Ms. Foust has built SAMCEDA into an influential and highly regarded inclusive association with membership of Fortune 500 corporations including technology and social media, biotechnology and life sciences, banking and financial services, utilities and energy, construction and developers, as well as healthcare, education and non-profits. Her leadership has facilitated successful advocacy efforts related to major infrastructure projects, including California High Speed Rail, Caltrain electrification, TransBay Terminal, reform of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and protection of the Hetch-Hetchy reservoir. More recently, she led the business community to support transportation and transit initiatives including the Highway 101 Managed Lanes Project, and the successful passage of Measure W (2018) and Measure RR (2020). The San Francisco Business Times has honored Ms. Foust as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area” from 2009 until the present.
With 12 years of service on the City Council of Redwood City, and terms as Mayor and Vice-Mayor, Ms. Foust was a driver of the Downtown Precise Plan, which served as a catalyst for the transformation of the City’s downtown. She successfully negotiated the Development Agreement to bring Stanford University to the community, oversaw the building of a brand new Public Library in Redwood Shores, approved a $90 million recycled water plant and secured funding to restore Bair Island.
Ms. Foust’s commitment to the community is evident by her service on the boards of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority for ten years, and seven years on the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. She continues to serve on the boards of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, NOVA-Workforce Investment Board, the Redwood City Improvement Association, Chamber-San Mateo County, Notre Dame de Namur University, Casa de Redwood and Pen TV.
“Over the past year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosanne’s business savvy and political acumen was front and center. She engaged with countless organizations, public and private, to advocate for the needs of non-profits and small businesses to channel resources in an expeditious manner. Through her leadership, the San Mateo County Strong Fund was established, creating one of the most quick and efficient compilation of resources and dispersal of funds, both public and private that kept organizations and individuals alive,” said Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin. “She simply rolls up her sleeves and gets “stuff” done!”