Our annual recognition of members of our community who freely give of their time and talents in service to youth.
Stephen Wu is an attorney and shareholder at Silicon Valley Law Group in San Jose. He helps companies negotiate technology agreements and corporate transactions, comply with law, defend clients in litigation, mitigate legal risk, and manage privacy and data security programs, including for companies offering or using transformative information technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, automated and connected transportation systems, and the Internet of Things. He served as the 2010-11 Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Science & Technology Law Section. He founded and is the current Chair of the ABA Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute. An author of seven technology legal books and numerous other publications, Steve graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988.
Steve embarked on his Scouting adventure in the Cleveland area, earning his Eagle Award in 1978 while in Troop 448 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He was a Vigil Honor member of the Cuyahoga Lodge, Order of the Arrow and served as the Lodge’s Activities Vice Chief. When his son Michael joined Cub Scouts in Pack 74 in Los Altos in 2003, Steve jumped back into active Scouting, acting as Assistant Cubmaster and later Cubmaster. When Michael joined Troop 37 in Los Altos in 2008, Steve became an Assistant Scoutmaster and later Scoutmaster. On February 1, 2019, Steve, his wife Mary, and daughter Elizabeth started as leaders in the first Scouts BSA troop for girls registered with the Council, Troop 201 (named after February 1). Steve served as the founding Scoutmaster of the troop until he retired in February 2022.
Steve has also served as a Unit Commissioner, Associate Lodge Advisor for Ohlone Lodge of OA, Council Risk Management Committee Member, and Assistant Scoutmaster for the 2013 Council contingent troop at the National Jamboree. He headed the Law Merit Badge program on the staff of the 2010 National Jamboree, and served on the national Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force.
Steve and his wife Mary have a daughter Kate, son Michael (Eagle, 2014), and daughter Elizabeth (member of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, 2021).
Stephen Wu is an attorney and shareholder at Silicon Valley Law Group in San Jose.
Our Emcee for the evening: Fred LaCosse
Fred LaCosse is well known to Bay Area television viewers as a veteran news anchor, reporter and talk show host. Since the beginning of his broadcasting career in 1956, he has worked at six television stations: WTTW, Chicago; WLWC, Columbus, Ohio; KNTV, San Jose; KRON and KGO-TV, San Francisco; and KICU, San Jose and held positions in almost every phase of the industry.
He co-hosted the daily morning talk show A.M. San Francisco on KGO-TV (ABC) 1982-1987 with his wife, Terry Lowry. LaCosse also hosted the weekly syndicated program “Silicon Valley Business This Week” from 1995-2001.
LaCosse has generously given of his time to community and charitable organizations such as: The Janet Pomeroy Center; The Salvation Army; Laguna Honda Volunteers, Inc.; The Community Music Center of San Francisco; St. Luke’s Hospital; Red Cross; He is also active in NATAS and the Broadcast Legends.
Fred adds, "I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana where being a Cub Scout and Boy Scout made you distinguished. What fun!"