Rusty Stahl is President and CEO of Fund the People. He launched the organization in 2014.
As a Visiting Fellow in Residence at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and a Tides Fellow,Rusty completed the research and development that enabled the establishment of Fund the People.
Previously, Rusty founded and served as executive director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), the professional association of young and new foundation professionals. During his 10-year tenure, Stahl helped to educate and train the next generation of philanthropic leaders, and to shape a more diverse, multi-generational foundation field. He organized a diverse membership network; helped members organize 13 chapters from Boston to Honolulu; and developed unique educational programs for the field, including EPIP’s highly-regarded conference. At EPIP he established Generating Change, a research initiative that was the predecessor to Fund the People.
Prior to EPIP, Rusty served as a program associate at the Ford Foundation, where he supported grantmaking to strengthen philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and social justice movements.
Rusty is a board member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), a New York City focused community organizing group. He has served on several nonprofit boards, most notably for Idealist.org, and has served on advisory committees for the Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Indiana University, Grand Valley State University, and the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition. Stahl holds an M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He lives in Beacon, NY with his wife, Sarah From, a consultant to nonprofits, and their toddler daughter.