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CFSA Board Spotlight: Richard Koo

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is excited to give you a chance to get to know our Board of Trustees and our Team through Board & Staff Spotlights!

Get To Know Richard!

Richard Koo retired as a lawyer after having served as outside counsel for over 44 years to companies headquartered in many parts of the world and as a legal adviser to many entrepreneurs and individuals.

When Richard moved to Tucson from New York in 2013, he was intent on doing something positive for his new community. Since then, he has served eight years on the Board of Catholic Community Services, including a two-year term as its President, nine years on the Tucson Medical Center Ethics Committee, and, until the pandemic came along, as a hospice volunteer. He looks forward to doing more through his service to CFSA and its constituents.

Q & A with Richard

What is your favorite book, and why?
When I was a child, I read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and was quite moved.  It speaks of a kind of love that has no boundaries.  The feelings that the book brought in me then haven’t diminished when I read the book today.

What is your favorite food?
I’m partial to osso buco, eggplant parmigiana, and mapo tofu, but not in the same meal.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I would love to fly without any technological or mechanical assistance.

What word would you add to the dictionary, and what would it mean?
Pterodoctyl – a medical professional who is way behind the times.

What do you like most about serving on CFSA’s Board of Trustees?
The opportunity to get to know some awesome folks, learn more about the Southern Arizona community, and do some work that’s personally meaningful.

What do you wish other members of the community knew about CFSA?
Its mission, values, and – dare I say it? – our strategic plan.

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