Rosanne Foust

Business and Policy Leader in San Mateo County

About Rosanne Foust

An experienced professional in the fields of business development and public policy implementation, Rosanne Foust maintains an active role on the city council of Redwood City, California. She joined the council in 2003 and served a two-year term as mayor beginning in 2007. During the course of her service with the city, she has helped to increase fiscal stability while leading several large-scale community development initiatives. Beyond her continuing role in Redwood City, Rosanne Foust serves her community as chair of the board of the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and president and CEO of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association.

Rosanne Foust recently was recognized again on the Forever Influential honor role as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. In 2009, she was honored as Person of the Year by the Redwood City San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. Educated at Notre Dame de Namur University, she holds a master of public administration with business emphasis. Her academic credentials include a certificate in advanced management from Stanford University and a certificate in executive management from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

U.S. Naval Academy Triumphs in Interservice Cyberwarfare Exercise

As former mayor and current vice mayor of Redwood City, California, Rosanne Foust works extensively to foster regional cooperation through her work on the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority and Bay Area Council Economic Institute Board of Trustees. Rosanne Foust’s daughter follows the family tradition of public service as a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The U.S. Naval Academy constantly updates its curriculum to match the ever-changing demands of national security operations. In recent years, the Academy has sought to educate midshipmen in cyberwarfare, an increasingly important component of the U.S. defense strategy. In early 2014, U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen demonstrated their skills by competing in Carnegie Mellon’s first Cyber Stakes event, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The Naval Academy contestants performed strongly across the board, winning gold medals in every event except one, where they took silver.

The contest saw nine midshipmen perform individually and as a team in “offensive” hacker tasks such as disarming a bomb, exploiting computer hardware and software vulnerabilities, and even picking deadbolt locks. They competed against Army cadets from the U.S. Military Academy and Air Force cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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