Albert Ruesga, Ph.D.
Program: The Grantmaking School
Dr. Ruesga is currently the President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the community foundation serving the thirteen-parish region of metropolitan New Orleans. The Greater New Orleans Foundation is known for its leadership in the region after Hurricane Katrina and for its work in housing, community development, regionalism, and the environment.
Dr. Ruesga was the founding director of New Ventures in Philanthropy, a national initiative that has helped generate more than $500 million in new philanthropic resources against an investment of $14 million.
His knowledge of the nonprofit community comes from many years of nonprofit management and fundraising consulting.
Dr. Ruesga serves on the board of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. He’s also a member of the steering committees for the Southern Social Justice Working Group, the Aspen Philanthropy Group, and the Working Group on Philanthropy for Peace and Social Justice Philanthropy. He served previously as board chair of Hispanics in Philanthropy, a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas.
Dr. Ruesga earned his Ph.D. at MIT and taught ethics, aesthetics, and philosophy of the social sciences at Gettysburg College before entering the world of philanthropy. He also served as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. An accomplished writer, his articles have appeared in Social Theory and Practice, The Journal of Popular Culture, and other publications. He was for many years a contributing writer to The Boston Book Review, and is the founding editor of the White Courtesy Telephone, a popular blog about nonprofits and philanthropy.