Grantmaking for a Healthier California

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Mission, Goals & Philosophy

Find out more about our mission to improve the health of the people of California and how we define health and wellness.

History & Financial Statements

Learn about our founding in 1992, our grantmaking history and how to access our audited IRS financial statements.

Code of Ethics

Read about the safeguards Cal Wellness has put in place to ensure that we are accountable, ethical and responsible in our stewardship of grant dollars.

Board & Staff

Cal Wellness's current Board of Directors and staff members by department.

Employment Opportunities

Open positions available with the Foundation are listed in this section.


Judy Belk, President and CEO

Judy Belk is president and chief executive officer of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), a private independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

Belk is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of senior management experience in philanthropic, government, nonprofit and corporate sectors. Before joining the Foundation on April 7, 2014, she served as senior vice president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a position she held since 2002. She played a pivotal role in building RPA into one of the nation’s largest independent nonprofit advisory firms, which currently advises on more than $300 million annually in more than 30 countries. She launched the firm’s West Coast and Midwest operations and helped position RPA as a global “thought leader” in promoting effective strategic philanthropy, impact investing, and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Previously, Belk served as vice president of global public affairs at Levi Strauss & Co., reporting directly to the chairman and CEO, 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. She led a global team in pioneering work on AIDS education and prevention, and women’s economic development, and launched Project Change, a national antiracism initiative, which was recognized by President Bill Clinton with the first Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership in 1998. She also developed and led the company’s philanthropic efforts in postapartheid South Africa.

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