Ms. Rusk, Julie

Assistant Director, Community and Cultural Services

  • Santa Monica, United States
City of Santa Monica/The Wellbeing Project

Language skills

Native or bilingual proficiency (I have a speaking proficiency equivalent to that of an educated native speaker)

Last updated: 2018/05/14


As Community & Cultural Services Assistant Director, Julie is a leader at the intersection of community wellbeing through human services, early education, out-of-school initiatives, senior services, recreation and cultural programs. With over twenty-five years of experience in local government & nonprofit management, Julie has led groundbreaking, nationally-recognized efforts to tackle difficult social issues, including homelessness and youth development. Recently, Julie helped to launch Santa Monica’s ‘collective impact’ initiative Cradle-to-Career as well as leading the team responsible for crafting and implementation of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project, funded through a $1 million prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge -- to define, measure and improve wellbeing in Santa Monica. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, two teenagers and very sweet dog!

Case studies from Julie Rusk

The Wellbeing Project: Measuring and Managing What Really Matters

Santa Monica, United States

Award-winning project

The Wellbeing Project: Measuring and Managing What Really Matters

Santa Monica, California is tapping the power of data to evaluate wellbeing. The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project has created a framework to evaluate community wellbeing, developed a mechanism to measure it and is using this data to target its policies and programs to help residents thrive. more