Film making, media and education are just a few of the skills the new Board members Julie Parker Benello and Linda Gruber bring to the Global Fund for Women.
Julie Parker Benello’s professional career is a unique hybrid of social-change media, donor activism and international development work. A filmmaker for much of her professional life, Julie has produced Emmy and Sundance award winning programs, including the comedy “Blue Vinyl” and the documentary “Prostate Cancer: A Journey of Hope”, which aired nationally on PBS. She was a Production Executive for the distribution company Non Fiction Films and in the early 90s, worked as a researcher for Walter Cronkite's documentary series Cronkite Remembers. In 2005, Julie co-founded Chicken and Egg Pictures, an innovative film fund and production company that provides grants and executive services for select nonfiction and fiction film projects by women filmmakers.
Julie’s commitment to global justice for women and girls is longstanding. After graduating from Barnard, she worked for the Population Council in Dakar, Senegal and later worked with the NGO Forum that coordinated the 1994 United Nations Population and Development Conference in Cairo, Egypt. She currently serves on the board of The Center for Environmental Health, is an active member of the Women's Donor Network.
Linda Gruber is president of the Gruber Family Foundation which funds in the areas of education, progressive media, the arts and women’s issues, including reproductive rights. A long-time community volunteer, Linda currently serves on the boards of the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Wellesley College Friends of Art.