Judith Bell

Chief Impact Officer at San Francisco Foundation

Judith Bell

Judith Bell

Chief Impact Officer at San Francisco Foundation

Biography

Judith Bell is the Vice President of Programs at The San Francisco Foundation. Judith brings extensive experience in strategic planning and policy development, with a focus on economic and social equity to the Foundation. Previous to joining the Foundation, Judith was the President of PolicyLink where she had been since its inception, becoming President in 2004. As President, Judith worked to develop the organization into a national leader on a range of equity issues, with her particular focus being policy development and campaign strategy at the local, state, and national levels. Her leadership helped ignite a new national narrative around access and opportunity for all people with a focus on improving health and infrastructure, including increasing access to healthy foods.

Judith contributed to the successful establishment of the national Healthy Food Financing Initiative and the Convergence Partnership, which brings together some of the nation’s largest foundations to collectively advance healthy people and healthy places through the many touchstones of health and equity, including the food system, community economic development, and prevention. She also played a leadership role in launching and advancing the federal Promise Neighborhoods program and by helping to create the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink.

Before PolicyLink, Judith directed the West Coast Regional Office of Consumers Union where she engaged in efforts to improve the quality of life for all consumers, particularly in access to health care. She spearheaded a campaign to preserve more than $14 billion in charitable assets, resulting in the creation of several foundations in California and across the country. She is a regular writer for news outlets and academic publications and has authored several studies including, Why Place and Race Matter: Impacting Health through a Focus on Race and Place. She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant on advocacy strategy.

Previously, Bell directed the West Coast Regional Office of Consumers Union, where she engaged in efforts to improve the quality of life for all consumers, particularly in access to health care. This work included successful campaigns in 32 different states to preserve more than $14 billion in charitable assets resulting in the creation of many new foundations including The California Endowment and the Wellness Foundation.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s of public administration from Harvard University where she was a Lucius Littauer fellow.

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Founder at Corporation for Enterprise Development

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Corporation for Enterprise Development

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Founder at PolicyLink

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Chief Executive Officer at San Francisco Foundation

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Senior Advisor to the Chairman at Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Member-Governors Board at JA Worldwide, Inc.

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Founder at Hope Federal Credit Union (Mississippi)

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President, Group Insurance at Prudential Financial, Inc.

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Chief Impact Officer at San Francisco Foundation
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Undergraduate Degree

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has earned international distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service. A campus with world-class facilities and one of the most visually spectacular settings in higher education, UC Santa Cruz provides unparalleled opportunities for students to learn through hands-on experience. A commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement are also central to UCSC's core values.

Masters of Public Administration

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

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Chief Impact Officer
Current

The San Francisco Foundation addresses community needs by supporting ideas and strengthening existing nonprofit organizations that lack sufficient resources or infrastructure. As a regional community foundation serving San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo Counties, it focus on the areas of arts and culture, community development, community health, education, and the environment. The company was founded in 1948 by Daniel Koshland and headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

President
1999 - 2015

POLICYLINK IS A NONPROFIT PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION AND A NATIONAL RESEARCH AND ACTION INSTITUTE ADVANCING RACIAL AND ECONOMIC EQUITY BY LIFTING UP WHAT WORKS.

Director, West Coast Regional Office
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Consumer Reports, Inc. publishes consumer report magazines. It publishes Consumer Reports, which has the most subscribers in addition to newsletters, Consumer Reports on Health and Reports Money Adviser. The company was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Yonkers, New York.

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