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Ruth Westreich

President, The Westreich Foundation

Ruth Westreich became the president of the Westreich Foundation in 2002. The foundation focuses on advancing integrative medicine and promoting hope, healing and prevention. She was instrumental in developing the University of San Diego’s Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, providing funding for masters and doctoral levels of study. Before she became the foundation president, she worked as the director of strategic marketing for Space Electronics Inc. In February 2017, Westreich was one of five women honored by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women with the Legendary Woman of the Heart award.

ALMA MATER: UCLA

PUBLISHED WORKS: She has co-authored three books, two on thought leadership and one on photography and poetry.

PASSION: She describes herself as an accidental activist who stands for food safety, sustainable farming methods and vaccine safety.

AFTER HOURS: She paints and makes jewelry.