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Spotlight on NOVA Board Member Rosanne Foust of San Mateo County Economic Development Association

NOVA Workforce Board member Rosanne Foust is President and Chief Executive Officer of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association (SAMCEDA) in San Mateo. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization and working with the Board of Directors to introduce, plan and implement advocacy strategies on high priority issues in San Mateo County that include workforce development, housing, transportation, and land use. Ms. Foust brings to the NOVA Board extensive experience connecting and convening community leaders, businesses and key stakeholders to tackle important regional issues and showcasing innovators that will offer an entrepreneurial approach to solutions. “Throughout our region, we have a disconnect between people seeking employment opportunities and the jobs that are available. Connecting folks with training programs that are already in place and working with employers on developing new training programs for their industry’s needs is critical,” states Ms. Foust. 

Incorporated in 1953, SAMCEDA is the oldest business organization on the Peninsula and today represents diverse companies from leading industry sectors in San Mateo County, including construction, financial services, health care, real estate, biosciences, utilities and transportation. In order to respond to the rapid economic change and innovation locally and globally, SAMCEDA provides its members with the necessary resources so that they may thrive here and provide quality jobs for the local community. In addition, SAMCEDA offers public policy and economic research on local, regional and statewide trends that impact the business community. SAMCEDA’s core message is “Business is Good and Business Brings Opportunity” that continues to remain relevant today.