Julie Rusk is the first Chief of Civic Wellbeing for the City of Santa Monica in California.
Throughout her career, Julie has led groundbreaking, nationally-recognized efforts to tackle a range of social impact initiatives to improve outcomes for the community through partnerships and civic engagement. Using data, collective impact approaches and with a focus on equity and inclusion, Julie developed pioneering work, such as Santa Monica’s Cradle to Career Network, an interagency collaboration to improve youth and family wellbeing.
Under Julie’s leadership, in 2013/14 Santa Monica won the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a local government ideas competition to create the first-of-its-kind Local Wellbeing Index. In 2016, she led Santa Monica’s winning submission for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. In early 2017, Julie created the Office of Civic Wellbeing to embed wellbeing into City government policy, programs and partnerships. Julie was a 2015 Women Who Shape Santa Monica honoree, presented by the League of Women Voters. Julie is a 2016/17 BALLE Fellow (Business Alliance for a Local Living Economy.) She was named to the 2017 List of Top 25 Influencers by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).