Rusty Morgen Stahl is a
leading voice on multi-generational leadership development and social change in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. He is accomplished social entrepreneur and consultant.
Mr. Stahl is Principal, RMS Consulting, Founder and Director of Talent Philanthropy Project, and Visiting Fellow in Residence at the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
As a Visiting Fellow in Residence at RCLA, Stahl is part of a community of scholars and researchers focused on supporting the development of leaders in the social sector.
Mr. Stahl is Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), where he was on staff from September 2002 thru August 2012. During his 10-year tenure, Rusty organized a diverse, dynamic network of next-generation foundation professionals working and learning together for their own development, to increase the effectiveness of philanthropy, and to advance the greater good. Rusty's accomplishments at EPIP include developing the following programs:
- EPIP National Conference, the most diverse, energetic and cutting edge gathering in the foundation field;
- Philanthropology, a unique training program for new grantmakers;
- Professional Development Fund, a scholarship and convening program that supports hundreds of emerging foundation leaders of color; and
- Generating Change, an online toolkit to help funders advance talent in nonprofit grantees.
Prior to EPIP, Rusty worked at the Ford Foundation as a Program Associate, where he supported multiple program officers focused on strengthening the infrastructure of philanthropy and civil society, as well as community organizing and social justice movements.
Mr. Stahl has been cited by The New York Times, Chronicle
of Philanthropy, Philanthropy News Digest, Foundation News and Commentary and other publications and blogs. He is co-author of the entry on the Ford Foundation in "Philanthropy In America: A Comprehensive Historic Encyclopedia".
Rusty is a proud Board member of Idealist, the renowned portal for civic action and careers; Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ); and Bikkurim.
He served as a grant reviewer for the White House's Social
Innovation Fund in 2010, and held seats on advisory committees and task forces for the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and Grand Valley State University Johnson Center.
Stahl holds a Masters in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University. At Indiana, Rusty was privileged to study under the late Robert L. Payton, first Professor Emeritus of Philanthropic Studies. He began his studies in Mr. Payton's prestigious Jane Addams Fellowship.
Rusty founded the Central Indiana affiliate of Jobs with Justice, a labor-community alliance.
Photograph of Rusty Stahl courtesy of photographer Barnett Cohen