Joy Ou holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Group I, she directs the growth and vision of the company’s real estate development, design, and marketing activities. Her most recent project, Telegraph Commons, is a 118-bed private dormitory for students attending the University of California, Berkeley, and its affiliates. She previously developed the Book Concern Building (BCB) project, an innovative mixed-income micro-loft development located in the Tenderloin/Mid-Market neighborhoods of San Francisco, and several high-density residential and commercial developments in California and British Columbia, among them: Post International, a 73-unit condominium project in San Francisco; Pacifica, a 198-unit residential, mixed-use development in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Tehama Lofts, which are live-work residences in San Francisco.
Ms. Ou’s work has been the subject of several major design awards in the United States and has been published in Architecture magazine, San Francisco Focus, and San Franciscomagazine. Ms. Ou is extensively involved in philanthropy and volunteer activities both locally and abroad. She serves on the board of directors of the Wildflowers Institute, in an advisory capacity for the Luggage Store Gallery and Global Heritage Fund, and as Executive Director of Ou Jong Fa Foundation in Taiwan. She is a past Trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.