Julie Rusin, who joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in 2019, brings a wealth of nonprofit and team building experience to her work in helping to develop strong, interdisciplinary networks of leaders who share a vision of working together to advance a Culture of Health. She sees her role as “empowering leadership teams to cultivate a shared sense of purpose as they challenge systems, tackle health disparities, and build healthier communities.”
Prior to joining RWJF, Rusin served as director of programming for America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR) in Pittstown, N.J. AGAR impacts lives through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing, and delivering free fresh produce. As programming director, Rusin conducted education sessions with more than 2,500 individuals annually; worked directly with more than 50 organizations; and ran team-building events with 9,000 volunteers. AGAR donates 1.5 million pounds of food annually, from Virginia to Maine.
Earlier, Rusin was a 2018 Bank of America (BOA) Emerging Leader. Among her achievements, she advocated for AGAR’s application for a $200,000 BOA award. This funding resulted in improved data collection and outreach to AGAR donors, volunteers, and partner organizations.
While an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh, Rusin served as education/recruitment and marketing chair for the FeelGood Pitt program. In this role, she started a multi-faceted campus-wide education program that focused on building partnerships to end global poverty.
Rusin earned her BA degree in political science and sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.
A native of Union Township, N.J, Rusin resides in Lawrenceville, N.J. She enjoys an active lifestyle that includes spending time outdoors, weight training, cooking, and showering lots of attention on her dog.