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Ruth Westreich, President

Ruth Westreich, President

Ruth Westreich, President of The Westreich Foundation, generously supports personalized lifestyle, integrative, functional, palliative and natural medicine nationally and locally, as well as supporting creative and expressive arts as part of whole person healing – body, mind and spirit. Her primary capability is as a connector, bridge and strategist within her focused areas of support to bring together those disciplines under one over-arching message of Prevention of Disease and Creation of Health.

She is or has been a part of such successful collaborations as Rachel’s Network and the Bravewell Collaborative. She has successfully supported Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine; Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, Academic Consortium for Integrative Health and Medicine, American Nutrition Assoc., UCLA Arts and Healing, National Organization of Arts in Healthcare. Other supported organizations are listed under the menu heading, Affiliations.

Her past board positions include Bastyr College of Natural Medicine, Samueli Institute, San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. Her current trustee and board positions are Southern California University of Health Sciences, UCLA Arts and Healing and University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Institute.

She supports programs at acclaimed academic institution, Cal State San Marcos including the Institute for Palliative Care.

Ruth was instrumental in the development of the University of San Diego’s Nonprofit Institute by establishing masters and doctorial level of degrees, an applied global research center and certificate programs. She supports and works to build strong women leaders with a number of organizations.

Ruth Westreich also has over forty years experience as a strategic marketer and cause marketer in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She is the co-author of the three-time award winner Creativity Unzipped: Why Your Thoughts Matter. She is responsible for the creation of the highly acclaimed business book, The Art of Original Thinking – The Making of a Thought Leader written by award winning author, Jan Phillips. Jan and Ruth also published a Silver Nautilus award winning coffee table photography and poetry book in 2013, Finding Ourselves on Sacred Ground. They are currently working on Volume Two, Finding Ourselves on Common Ground.

Ruth calls herself an accidental activist being called to stand up, and stand for, food safety, sustainable farming methods and vaccine safety around the globe. Strategic advisor to GMO Science, a nonprofit repository for research around food safety and use of pesticides around the globe. She believes that any paradigm changes whether in healthcare, public health, food safety or the environment will be the direct result of grassroots campaigns where people come together determined to co-create a more sustainable future for the generations to come.