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 mostly on housing and workforce development. He formed several community partnerships, including the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, and the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Workforce Innovation Network.
Additionally, Muschler helped form McKnight’s Impact Investment program and was a Fulcrum Fellow in 2019–2020 studying mission investment and integrated grant and investment tools that accelerate program outcomes. Muschler has advanced the field of community and economic development throughout his career by promoting strategies that create clear, shared value and benefit in communities of color and for individuals striving toward greater economic self-sufficiency.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Muschler managed a national housing and 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 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.