Julie Rusk Chief of Civic Wellbeing, City Manager’s Office, City of Santa Monica Santa Monica, CA Accelerate Collaboration, Co-Create Policy, Cultivate Connection | Community Economic Development, Local Government, Public Health, Well-being Julie is leading City of Santa Monica innovation and responsive policy through creation of a wellbeing index, working collaboratively to improve outcomes for all people, and developing new partnerships and approaches for civic engagement. Working at the groundbreaking nexus of wellbeing and community policy, Julie champions projects that help all segments of the community flourish. She grew up New York, went to college in Massachusetts, and now lives in Santa Monica, California. Julie has led a range of human service, cultural, education, recreation, and placemaking initiatives, and has spent 30 years working in the realms of local government and nonprofit management. She has pioneered nationally-recognized efforts to tackle profound social issues, bringing compassion to her work. She recently led Santa Monica’s Cradle to Career Initiative and crafted Santa Monica’s award-winning Local Wellbeing Index. Julie spearheaded Santa Monica’s winning submission for the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prize. Julie has served on Board of the Human Relations Council and recently received League of Women Voters “Women Who Shape Santa Monica” award. MEDIA How Santa Monica is using data to improve residents’ lives – CNN Money, November 13, 2016 Using Data to Help Life All Boats – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), October 2016 Communicating the Wellbeing of a City with Santa Monica – Designmatters Studio, ArtCenter College of Design, Spring 2017 VIDEO The Wellbeing Project Santa Monica City Asks Residents: Are You Happy?