What The Adrienne Jules Foundation Does
The Adrienne Jules Foundation partners with domestic and international organizations—small and large—to address communities’ health education needs. Programs and public education campaigns are designed to lead to sustainable change by transforming community health through subsequent advocacy and policy change efforts. Public education campaigns are comprised of:
- Health Communications – We develop messages to generate and disseminate strategic health information and we measure how that information affects individuals, communities, institutions.
- Advocacy & Capacity Building Workshops – We create materials and lead workshops focused on mobilizing the public and advancing policy efforts.
- Coalition Building – We engage in partnership with local organizations to expand their reach in educating community members and passing health legislation.
Gwendolyn W. Young, president & CEO of Young Communications Group, Inc., has built her professional career around what she recognized early on as one of humanity’s most powerful tools: communication. She saw that the act of communicating, when executed effectively, has the ability to advance understanding, shape behavior and, ultimately, change communities. For more than twenty years, she has led her strategic communications firm in meeting the social marketing and integrated marketing communications needs of health care organizations primarily serving ethnic, low-income and marginalized communities.
After losing her mother and brother to smoking-related illnesses, Gwendolyn decided to use the communicative process that is public education to address local and global health disparities.
In 2012, while continuing to be at the helm of Young Communications Group, Inc., she founded the Adrienne Jules Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named in honor of her mother, Adrienne Jules Young. The organization’s mission is to eliminate health disparities through public education.
Board of Directors
President & CEO
Consulting for a Change
Judy Spiegel is the owner/principal for Consulting for A Change, a firm that has focused on organizational development with non-profit and philanthropic agencies since 1988. Prior, for ten years, Ms. Spiegel was Senior Vice President of Programs for the California Community Foundation, where she designed initiatives aimed at targeting resources to make a meaningful difference in highly focused areas. In addition to serving as board chair for the Adrienne Jules Foundation, she is also currently chair of the Lowitz Family Foundation and board president for the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside. A native Angeleno, Ms. Spiegel earned her Master of Public Health from University of California, Los Angeles.
Rev. Michael J. Mandala, S.J.
Verbum Del Jesuit High School
Fr. Michael J. Mandala, S.J. is the President of Verbum Dei Jesuit High School in Watts, CA, where he was formerly the Director of Community Relations. His leadership helps shape the educational future of thousands of young men from Watts and its surrounding communities—neighborhoods that have had some of the worst health disparities in Los Angeles County. Fr. Manadala is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned his Master of Management (MBA), and the Jesuit School of Theology, where he earned both his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity. In addition to the Adrienne Jules Foundation, Fr. Mandala, S.J. is also a Board Member of Operation Progress, Urban Compass and Vision of Hope.
Benny Magdael, Jr. is a graduate of the University of the Pacific located in Stockton, CA, where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy. He is a community leader in addressing issues that affect ethnic populations in the Stockton region, having been a member and moderator for the Ethnic Concerns Committee of his local church for more than three decades. Given his background and involvement in the healthcare sector, Mr. Magdael provides key insights regarding public health issues, particularly those that disproportionately affect communities of color.