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President and CEO’s Office Overview

The president and CEO is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Foundation, which includes implementing all aspects of its grantmaking strategic plan, overseeing the Foundation’s grantmaking activities, managing day-to-day operations and staff, and representing the Foundation for a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.


 

Judy Belk,
President and CEO

As president and CEO, Judy Belk leads The California Wellness Foundation in pursuing its mission to improve the health of the people of California. In her role, she uses her vision and her voice to help Cal Wellness “level the playing field” so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods and quality health care services.

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As president and CEO, Judy Belk leads The California Wellness Foundation in pursuing its mission to improve the health of the people of California. In her role, she uses her vision and her voice to help Cal Wellness “level the playing field” so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods and quality health care services.

Belk is a seasoned leader with more than 25 years of senior management experience in the philanthropic, government, nonprofit and corporate sectors. Before joining Cal Wellness in April of 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 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 the 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 on 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.

She is a frequent writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race and social change, and her work has been recognized with several state and national awards. Her pieces have aired on National Public Radio and appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Throughout her career, Belk has been a strong advocate in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity both within and outside of the philanthropic sector. She has been a passionate voice in raising awareness of the needs of women and girls, as well as communities of color. She has been actively involved in the D5 Initiative, a national coalition of philanthropic leaders committed to increasing philanthropic resources for women, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and people of color.

She currently serves on the boards of the Surdna Foundation, a national New York-based family foundation, and the Marlborough School, a Los Angeles-based independent school for girls. Past board service includes Southern California Grantmakers, National Center on Family Philanthropy, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Belk received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and her master’s degree in public administration from California State University, East Bay, where she was recognized as the 1999 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. In 2000 and 2013, she participated in residencies at Hedgebrook, a retreat for female writers in the state of Washington.

Belk has lived and worked in California for her entire professional career. A current resident of Los Angeles, she is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, where, in 2013, she was inducted into the Alexandria African American Hall of Fame. She is married to Roger Peeks, M.D., who currently serves as medical director of Valley Community Clinic in North Hollywood. They have two young adult children.

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Robin Skov,
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Robin Skov is the executive assistant to the president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation. In this role, she coordinates all of the administrative and clerical activities for the president and CEO, including scheduling and organizing all activities, such as meetings and travel.

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Robin Skov is the executive assistant to the president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation. In this role, she coordinates all of the administrative and clerical activities for the president and CEO, including scheduling and organizing all activities, such as meetings and travel.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in October 2016, Skov worked as an executive assistant to the chief financial officer and chief legal officer of ReachLocal, an online marketing firm that helps businesses reach local customers. She also held several executive assistant positions with increasing responsibility over the course of eleven years with Universal Studios. Additional experience includes working for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and for Gemstar-TV Guide International.

Skov holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Mount St. Mary’s College and has a master’s certificate in animal studies from Humane Society University.

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Sabah El-Amin,
Assistant Board Secretary

Sabah El-Amin is assistant Board secretary at The California Wellness Foundation, where she works with the Board, the president and CEO, and executive management to carry out the policies and goals of the executive office and Board.

Full Biography

Sabah El-Amin is assistant Board secretary at The California Wellness Foundation, where she works with the Board, the president and CEO, and executive management to carry out the policies and goals of the executive office and Board.

She joined Cal Wellness in July 2014 as an assistant to the executive department and shortly thereafter became the executive assistant to the Board of Directors. She was named to her current position in December 2015. Previously, El-Amin was the executive director of Griot Theatre of the West Valley, where she developed and implemented its strategic business plan and was responsible for all artistic, production and administrative operations. Before that, she was executive assistant and project coordinator at Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset management firm.

El-Amin graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

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Our Guiding Principles

Guided by our mission, we pursue the following goals through our grantmaking:

  • To address the particular health needs of traditionally underserved populations, including low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • To support and strengthen nonprofit organizations that seek to improve the health of underserved populations.
  • To recognize and encourage leaders who are working to increase health and wellness within their communities.
  • To inform policymakers and opinion leaders about important wellness and health care issues.

Mission

The mission of The California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.


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