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.

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