Rosalyn “Roz” Koo’s accomplishments span the globe. She has worked to promote appreciation of Asian art in the U.S., provide housing for low-income seniors and helping girls in rural China receive an education. Born in Shanghai, Rosalyn earned a degree in economics at Mills College and worked professionally for 30 years, retiring as executive vice president from a major San Francisco architectural firm.
Rosalyn’s professional success has only been exceeded by her community work. She serves on the Board of Sustainable San Mateo County and has been president of the Chinese Culture Foundation, for which she raised $100,000 in 90 days to launch the first exhibition of Han ang Tang Dynasties mural paintings from the People’s Republic of Chine. As chair of Self-Help For the Elderly, she led development of award-winning low-income senior housing in San Francisco and founded its Senior Center in San Mateo. She is founding director and CFO of the Spring Bud Project, which began in 2001 with the goal of sending 1,000 disadvantaged girls in rural China back to school.
Rosalyn’s philanthropy and kill as a fund-raiser is renowned, having raised millions of dollars for good causes over the years. She is known as a fearless and independent thinker, and her unfaltering spirit continues to empower the disadvantaged to help themselves.