Julie Fisher Cummings, MSSW is a philanthropist and advocate for vulnerable women and children. Her network spans the foundation world, both private and public, and extends into the universe of both policy makers and academia. Ms. Cummings teaches a graduate course on child policy at the University of Miami.
She has dedicated over 40 years to civic leadership locally and nationally: Corporation for National and Community Service (Presidential appointee), Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (Board), National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Board Chair), National Center for Family Philanthropy (Trustee) and Children’s Hospital of Michigan (Board). In both Florida and Michigan she has held board positions with the United Way and with local Community Foundations.
She has forged effective public-private partnerships and new funding networks across the U.S. through Lovelight Foundation, which she founded, and the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation (Vice Chair), through which she was a founding sponsor of the Southeastern Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative.
She has been honored by her alma maters: Cranbrook Schools (Distinguished Alumni) and Palm Beach Atlantic University (Woman of Distinction). Her work has been recognized by several community-based organizations – from the Anti-Defamation League (Woman of Achievement) to the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County (Founders Award).