Rose Maria Li, MBA, PhD

Rose Maria Li, MBA, PhDRose Maria Li, MBA, PhD is President and CEO of Rose Li and Associates, Inc. (RLA), a professional services firm specializing in science management and research administration, including project management, research policy development, scientific writing and editing, peer review, and scientific meeting planning. Prior to founding RLA in 2003, Rose held leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health, including as Special Assistant for Policy Development with the NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison, as Chief of the Population and Social Processes Branch in the Behavioral and Social Research Division of the National Institute on Aging, as Senior Policy Advisor to the NIH Office of Extramural Research, and as a program official with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She earned her BA and MBA from the University of Chicago and her PhD from Princeton University in Public and International Affairs, with a concentration in population policy. She completed postdoctoral research on aging in Asia at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She studied Chinese with a tutor in Taiwan, at the Beijing Language Institute in China, at Princeton University, and at the summer total immersion program at Middlebury College. She was instrumental in adding Chinese language to the course offerings at North Bethesda Middle School beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, where three years of Chinese language study became an option for interested students until at least 2014.

In 1999, Rose was named Outstanding Woman in Science, Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Commission for Women, and was selected as a Fellow of the Okura Mental Health Leadership Foundation. In 2014, she was a candidate for Delegate (Maryland District 16) and earned the endorsement of the Washington Post. In 2015 she was appointed to the State Commission on Aging, and named its Chairperson in September 2016. In June 2017, she was reappointed to a 4-year term on the Maryland State Board of Education. She is the recipient of the 2019 Award for Service to Princeton, past president of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni (2010-2012), and currently serves as co-chair of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P)—DC Region. Rose and her husband, Albert Lee, have lived in Bethesda for more than 25 years. They are the proud parents of two daughters who are the products of Maryland’s public schools in Montgomery County.