Joy Ou


As President and CEO of Group I, Joy Ou directs the ongoing growth and vision of Group I, overseeing all aspects of the company’s real estate activities. Joy’s extensive and versatile design background imbues every Group I project with a unique combination of design-oriented solutions and idiosyncratic style. With a diverse portfolio of high-performing projects, Joy has developed a dedicated following among design enthusiasts, financing institutions and investors alike.

Joy is extensively involved in philanthropy and volunteer activities, both locally and abroad, serving on the board of directors of the San Francisco Art Institute and the Wildflowers Institute, and in an advisory capacity for the Luggage Store Gallery and Global Heritage Fund. She also actively supports San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center and several Tenderloin youth organizations. In addition, Joy serves as Executive Director of Ou Jong Fa Foundation in Taiwan and is a past Board of Trustee for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Joy holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.  She also drives an electric car and lives in a house powered by solar energy.



Don’t Race to the Bottom Line

“Group I is never about a bottom line approach. Sometimes you have to sacrifice a bit of profit in order to create something more interesting – those are the ethics I bring to the office. I love to work with artists; the design world and design-oriented approach to problem solving is why I love what I do. Group I has the opportunity to create projects that promote the arts and foster the human element of our communities.”
 — J. O.