Trent Stamp

Executive Director, The Eisner Foundation

Trent Stamp has served as CEO of The Eisner Foundation since 2008. Trent 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 nonprofit sector, and is a frequent speaker and presenter at national conferences and seminars on philanthropic issues.

Trent is a recognized leader in the Southern California philanthropic community, serving as a member of the Board of Advisors for The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy at USC and serving on the Board of Directors of Southern California Grantmakers, where he chairs the Audit Committee. Trent is also on the Board of Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center. He teaches Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Price School of Public Policy at USC and consults for the Committee on the Arts at The Aspen Institute.

Prior to joining The Eisner Foundation, Trent was the founding President of Charity Navigator. Under his leadership, Charity Navigator grew to become the nation’s largest and most-used evaluator of American charities and nonprofits. Previous positions include Vice President of Communications for Teach For America, an analyst and manager for the Social Security Administration, and a legislative aide for U.S. Representative Robert Matsui. Trent started his career as a Teach For America teacher in rural North Carolina.

Trent has regularly appeared as an expert analyst for 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 nonprofit sector, recognized by The New York Times as one of “Ten Nonprofit Blogs That Get Attention.” 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.

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. He lives in Hermosa Beach, California with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Trent is a volunteer coach for multiple youth sports teams and serves as the President of the Hermosa Beach Little League, a nonprofit organization that serves over 500 children.