Tracey A. Rutnik is Deputy Director for Research and Policy in the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. In this capacity, she works with PSI’s executive director on the overall management of the program, and on tracking policy developments, undertaking research and planning meetings and workshops that engage philanthropists, policy-makers and civil society leaders on current issues affecting the social sector. Ms. Rutnik has twenty years of experience that includes research, issue analysis, strategy development, program evaluation and grantmaking.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Ms. Rutnik was senior advisor to the chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America, a national housing and community development intermediary. Previously, Ms. Rutnik held positions at the Fannie Mae Foundation and the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers where she advanced philanthropic strategy and practice through direct technical assistance, program evaluation and research. While at the Fannie Mae Foundation she also served as an associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Housing Policy Debate.
Tracey holds a Master’s degree from the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, earning the Richard J. Hughes award for highest academic standing. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College with a degree in History and Political Science.