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Former Redwood City mayor honored with 2021 Chair's Person of the Year award

The organization made the announcement at its annual awards luncheon last week at Domenico Winery. 

Rosanne Foust, the president and chief executive officer of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA), has been named the Chamber San Mateo County 2021 Chair's Person of the Year, the organization announced in a news release on Monday. 

This year’s award recipient was chosen by the 2019-2021 Board Chair Mario Rendon. The organization made the announcement at its annual awards luncheon last week at Domenico Winery. 

Foust has been at the forefront of many key accomplishments and successes in recent years, according to the Chamber.  

Foust, the former mayor and vice mayor of Redwood City, was recognized due to her work with nonprofits in Redwood City and in San Mateo County, according to the Chamber San Mateo. 

Foust helped lead negotiations that led to a merger between the former San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. Since March 2020, Rosanne has been instrumental in the County’s response to the pandemic, according to the news release. Foust partnered with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and helped launch the Restaurant, Brewery, and Winery program that awarded over 350 grants to local and beverage businesses, the release said. Rosanne has been instrumental and a key driver of the agreement between Notre Dame de Namur University and Stanford University, both Chamber San Mateo County members.

Created in 1970, the Person of the Year is the Chamber’s highest award. Its purpose is to recognize those who made the greatest impact on the success of the Chair of the Board’s year. This year’s award recipient was chosen by the 2019-2021 Board Chair Mario Rendon.