Trent Stamp: Executive Director
Few people in the non-profit sector have seen it from as many vantage points as has Trent Stamp. He started his career as a Teach For America teacher in rural North Carolina and has gone on to be a senior executive for one of America’s largest and most influential charities, the founder and leader of his own national non-profit, a board member several times over, a nationally-recognized charity watchdog, a commentator and expert analyst on charity issues for network television news shows, a prolific writer and well-known blogger, a consultant to one of the world’s best-known leadership organizations, a professor teaching non-profit best practices, and the chief executive of one of Southern California’s highest-profile and most-influential foundations.
Trent Stamp has been executive director of The Eisner Foundation since 2008. In that role, he is responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s management, including strategy, execution, operations, evaluation, marketing, and the awarding of The Eisner Prize. Trent represents the organization externally to various community audiences, regularly publishes editorials and articles about issues affecting the non-profit sector, and is a frequent speaker and presenter at national conferences and seminars on philanthropic issues.
Trent also currently provides leadership to the Southern California philanthropic community by being a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at USC and by serving on the Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers, where he chairs the Audit Committee. Additionally, he works as a consultant to the Committee on the Arts at The Aspen Institute. He also teaches Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Price School of Public Policy at USC.
Prior to joining The Eisner Foundation, Trent was the founding President of Charity Navigator, from April 2001 through January 2008. Under his seven successful years of leadership, Charity Navigator grew to become the nation’s largest and most-used evaluator of American charities and non-profits. While President of Charity Navigator, Trent regularly appeared as an expert analyst for many national television and radio shows, including The Today Show, 20/20, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He authored “Trent Stamp’s Take”, a daily blog about the non-profit sector that was recognized in 2006 by the New York Times as one of “Ten Non-Profit Blogs That Get Attention” and that was syndicated nationally for print by Newstex. In 2004, he was selected by New Jersey Business Magazine as one of “40 Business Leaders Under 40″ in the state and in 2007, he was honored by the New Jersey State Legislature with the Five Sectors Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the betterment of the state. He was a member of the Editorial Board of Advisors and wrote a regular column called “Keeping It Real” for FundRaising Success Magazine.
Trent worked previously as vice-president, communications for Teach For America, as an analyst and manager for the Social Security Administration, and as a legislative aide for U.S. Representative Robert Matsui. He has served as a Teach For America teacher in rural North Carolina, as a Presidential Management Fellow, and in 2013, he was selected as a National Security Seminar Fellow at the U.S. Army War College. Trent received his Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University and his B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Trent lives in Hermosa Beach, California with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he is a volunteer coach for multiple youth sports teams and serves as the President of the Hermosa Beach Little League, a non-profit organization with a $250,000 annual budget that serves over 500 children.