Judy Belk is the Senior Vice President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Judy leads the organization’s West Coast and Midwest operations, overseeing offices in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where she is currently located. Before joining RPA, Judy served as Vice President of Global Public Affairs for Levi Strauss & Co., reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO. During her tenure at the company, Judy also spearheaded the Levi Strauss Foundation, with assets totaling over $120 million. Under her leadership, the Foundation and company developed a global reputation for its international work in the fight against AIDS, as well as its economic development, environmental and anti-racism initiatives. Judy has over twenty-five years of leadership experience in strategic planning, international giving, corporate social responsibility and family philanthropy.
She currently serves on the boards of the Surdna Foundation, a national New York-based foundation and The Marlborough School, a Los Angeles-based independent school for girls. Past board service includes the Southern California Association of Grantmakers (SCG); National Center on Family Philanthropy, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California and the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Judy 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 articles have aired on National Public Radio (NPR) and appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.