Rusty Morgen Stahl, Visiting Fellow in Residence

Rusty Morgen Stahl is a leading voice on multi-generational leadership development in philanthropy and the social sector. He is currently a fellow at the Tides Foundation and a visiting fellow in residence at RCLA.

An accomplished social entrepreneur, from 2002 to 2012 Rusty served as founder and executive director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a vibrant membership association that develops extraordinary new talent for foundations and the communities they serve.

Under Rusty’s leadership, EPIP members organized a dozen local chapters across the US, established professional development resources for young people of color working in foundations, and developed a unique curriculum dubbed Philanthropology that helps grantmakers use their power to make positive change in communities. Most recently Rusty led the creation of the Generating Change online toolkit aimed at helping funders invest for human capital development at the organizations and causes they support.

Prior to EPIP, Rusty worked at the Ford Foundation as a program associate in Governance and Civil Society. In that capacity, he assisted a variety of efforts aimed at strengthening the infrastructure knowledge and social justice outcomes of philanthropy and civil society in the US and globally.

Rusty’s work has been cited in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and other publications and blogs. He served as an expert grant reviewer for the first year of the Social Innovation Fund, an effort led by the White House Office of Social Innovation. A member of AmeriCorps Alums, Rusty sits on the Board of Directors of He has served on committees of Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University, and Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

Rusty holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University, where he was affiliated with the Center on Philanthropy. At Indiana, Rusty was part of the Jane Addams Fellowship, a unique, one-year seminar program led by the late Ambassador Robert L. Payton, professor emeritus in Philanthropic Studies. Rusty holds an undergraduate degree in American Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.