Rosie is the President/CEO for The Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Previously, she held technical and management roles in government and corporate entities for over 20 years. At New Focus, Inc., a photonics company in Silicon Valley, she developed patents for laser and photonics applications. She was the technical lead/manager of multiple projects in Europe, Asia and South America. These projects spanned oil and gas, civil engineering, biomedical and photonic applications. Prior to New Focus, Rosie worked on a national emergency response program related to atmospheric models at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). While at LLNL, she received multiple awards including the Distinguished Physics Award from the Director of the Lab. In her “first” career, she was the first woman to become a field biologist for Alameda County’s Mosquito Abatement District.
Rosie is a volunteer and board member on numerous community organizations including Forward Together, AAPIP Metro DC (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy), the Leader Project and Institute of Zen Studies. Rosie co-founded Rosemary Pai, Inc., a private company which markets and retails new and small business ventures and ALY Fund, a donor advised fund dedicated to building API leadership and health capacity in our communities.
Rosie has taught martial arts for over 25 years. She is a Gura Fifth Degree of the Kamatuuran School of Kali. She is a Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow (APAWLI) and was honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in America.