The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) recently announced the appointment of its first African American President and CEO, Judy Belk.
Established in 1992, TCWF is one of the largest health grant making organizations in California. It is nationally recognized for its support to build and sustain the capacity of health and human-service organizations.
She is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of experience in the philanthropic, government, nonprofit and corporate sectors.
Belk currently serves as senior vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a position she has held since 2002. She has played a pivotal role in building RPA into one of the nation’s largest independent nonprofit advisory firms.< p>Previously, she served as vice president of global public affairs at Levi Strauss & Co. with responsibilities for both the company’s and foundation’s leadership in the global fight against AIDS, as well as their economic development, environmental and antiracism initiatives.
“I am proud to join the Foundation and support its mission to promote a healthier California,” Belk said. “Since its founding, TCWF has played a historic role in courageously funding in public health areas that had drawn little or no philanthropic attention.”
Belk said that, in the process, the Foundation has expanded the definition of health and wellness for all Californians, particularly underserved, diverse communities.
“I’m looking forward to working with TCWF’s impressive Board, its talented staff and committed community partners across the state in leveraging the Foundation’s resources and voice in bringing about meaningful health changes,” she said.