2013 President's Gala Media Kit
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Biography for Rosanne Foust
Notre Dame de Namur University is proud to announce the establishment of the NDNU Alumni of Distinction Award, which will honor alumni who have achieved distinction through professional achievements and exceptional community contributions that personify NDNU’s tradition of excellence and service. The award will publicly recognize an alumnus/a who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in his or her personal and professional pursuits and represents the core values of an NDNU education — leadership in service, a deep respect for the individual, and promoting social justice. This individual brings distinction to NDNU, contributes to the betterment of society, and enhances his or her community.
We are excited to present our first NDNU Alumna of Distinction Award to an outstanding member of the NDNU family and Bay Area business community, Rosanne S. Foust ’02. She graduated from NDNU in 2002 with a Master's Degree in Public Administration and currently serves as the president and CEO of the San Mateo Economic Development Association. Rosanne is also a past mayor and current councilmember for the city of Redwood City.
Her professional work includes serving on the boards of multiple organizations such as the NDNU School of Business and Management Advisory Board, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, Peninsula TV, and the Redwood City-San Mateo Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 and 2010, Rosanne was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the “Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area.” She was honored by the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce in 2002 as the Athena Businesswoman of the Year and in 2009 as the Chamber’s “Person of the Year."
Rosanne’s influence in the community and her spirit of giving extends beyond her professional work. She exemplifies NDNU’s core values through her extensive volunteer work in the community. Rosanne is passionate about helping youth, seniors and the disadvantaged, and serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.
Rosanne has been a mentor for NDNU students and has encouraged our students to pursue public service by providing internship opportunities and employment for NDNU graduates. She is an esteemed alumna and an inspirational role model for past, present and future NDNU students.
In addition to her extensive business and community pursuits, Rosanne manages to successfully juggle the demanding personal priorities of a wife and mother. Our honoree is married to Jim Hartnett, former Redwood City mayor, and is the mother of two daughters, Julia and Lydia.