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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, regionalism, organizational effectiveness, and the environment.
He served for seven years as Vice President for Programs and Communications at the Meyer Foundation in Washington, DC, one of the oldest and largest foundations in Greater Washington. Under his watch, the Foundation earned a national reputation for its work in communications and capacity building.
Dr. Ruesga was the founding director of New Ventures in Philanthropy, a national initiative that 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 is currently the chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. He serves on the boards of GNO, Inc. and Friends of New Orleans (FONO), and is a member of the Aspen Philanthropy Group. He also serves on the steering committee of Grantamkers for Southern Progress and the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. He served previously as board chair for Hispanics in Philanthropy, a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas.
Dr. Ruesga earned his B.Sc. and 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 the Oxford Handbook of Civil Society, 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.