Rose Nan-Ping Chen was born and raised in Taiwan. She graduated from the National Taiwan University with a degree in agricultural chemistry in 1971. She received her master's degree in medical microbiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center at the Chicago campus in 1973. She worked as a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania, Merck Research Laboratory, and Medical College of Virginia. After which she was a business owner for fifteen years.

Ms. Chen has been a long time devotee of arts, spirituality, and community service. She previously had served on the boards of the Maymont Foundation, The Arts Council of Richmond, Communities in Schools and Friends of Comboni Missionary Sisters, Ikebana of Richmond, VA, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Multicultural Advisory Council as well as an advisory panelist for Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is an alumna of Leadership Metro Richmond, class of 1998.

Ms. Chen also has served on the boards of Center stage Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, Virginia. She currently holds memberships in American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing; and Citizen's Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion, an appointment by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Ms. Chen founded The Rose Group in 2002 to fulfill her lifelong commitment in promoting multiculturalism in our society and fostering understanding and harmony between different cultures.
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