Eric Muschler has been a program officer since 2006 working within the Foundation’s Region and Communities program that integrates regional sustainable development, homes for all, and economically vibrant neighborhoods to create greater opportunities for people and places that are left out of the economic mainstream.
Eric has worked on several focus areas within the Region and Communities program, including housing and workforce development, as well developing new community partnerships such as the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, the Minneapolis St. Paul Workforce Innovation Network (MSPWIN), and the Central Cities Competitiveness Initiative at Greater MSP. Throughout his career, Eric has advanced the field of community economic development by promoting economic development strategies that created clear, shared value and benefits to communities and individuals struggling toward greater economic self-sufficiency.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Eric managed a national housing community development initiative at United Way of America, served as director of community economic development for the United Way of Metro Atlanta, and founded the Michigan IDA Partnership (MIDAP) and the Asset Building Policy Project in Michigan from 2000 to 2006. He received his Masters in Community Planning (MCP) from the University of Cincinnati and undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Macalester College.