The 2016 Silver SPUR Awards, held on November 17, recognized four individuals whose achievements have made San Francisco and the Bay Area a better place to live and work.
The late Rose Pak championed San Francisco’s Asian-American community for more than four decades. Her support for neighborhood nonprofits provided thousands of residents access to services in the Chinatown community and beyond. Through Pak’s galvanizing advocacy, she ensured that critical projects that connect and strengthen communities, such as the Central Subway, received policymakers’ support. Her ability to engage strategic partners ensured the sustainability of treasured institutions like the Chinese Hospital and the annual Chinese New Year Parade. Pak’s life work of building the community’s social, cultural and political influence empowered and gave voice to Chinese-Americans in San Francisco politics.