Eric Muschler serves as a program officer for McKnight’s Vibrant & Equitable Communities program, which strives to build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation. He joined the Foundation in 2006 as a program officer for McKnight’s Region and Communities program. In that role, he focused on housing and workforce development and formed several community partnerships, including: The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network, and the Central Cities Competitiveness Initiative at Greater MSP—the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership.

Throughout his career, Muschler has advanced the field of community economic development by promoting strategies that create clear, shared value and benefit communities and individuals struggling toward greater economic self-sufficiency.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Muschler 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 Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Partnership and Michigan’s Asset Building Policy Project. He holds a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Macalester College.