Julie Rusk

Published on October 23, 2017

Chief Civic Wellbeing Officer, City of Santa Monica | USA

Julie Rusk

Julie Rusk is the City of Santa Monica's first Chief Civic Wellbeing Officer. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded responsive government policy and innovation, working to improve outcomes for the community through partnerships, social impact initiatives and civic engagement.

In 2013, under Rusk's leadership, Santa Monica was among the first US cities to be selected for a Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge local government innovation award to define, measure and improve community well-being by creating a local well-being index.

In 2016, she led Santa Monica's winning submission for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize and created the city's first Office of Civic Wellbeing within the City Manager's Office.

Rusk was named to the 2017 List of Top 25 Influencers by Engaging Local Government Leaders.


Read the article on the Roundtable: “Cities and Residents: Partnering for Progress” to which she participated.

View the other speakers of the 2017 Quality of Life Conference.