Julie Fisher Cummings, MSSW is a Voluntary Assistant Professor in the University of Miami's Department of Public Health Sciences. Ms. Cummings advocates for responsible policies on health, education, and philanthropy on behalf of underserved and marginalized children and families.
She is the founder of Lovelight Foundation, which focuses on domestic child sex trafficking, undeserved women and girls and quality early childhood education. She has forged effective public-private partnerships and new funding networks across the U.S. most recently facilitating a cross sector regional Human Trafficking symposium between the Office of Trafficking in Persons at HHS and UMDPHS. Through the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation (Vice Chair), she was the founding sponsor of the Southeastern Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative.
Bridging academia, public service, and policy reform, she has dedicated over 40 years to civic leadership locally and nationally through her positions at: Corporation for National and Community Service (Presidential appointee), Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (Board), 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, Council on Michigan Foundations (Board Chair), Women Moving Millions ( Founding Steering Committee), Ms. Foundation (Advisory Committee), Jewish Teen Funders Network (Founding Trustee), and Jewish Women’s Foundations in Florida and Michigan (Founding member).
She has been honored by organizations such as Cranbrook Schools (Distinguished Alumnae), Palm Beach Atlantic University (Woman of Distinction), Alternatives for Girls (Role Model of the Year), Anti-Defamation League (Woman of Achievement), Women’s Funding Network (Leadership, Equity and Diversity Award) and Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County (Founders Award).