Sally Rudney

Affiliated Faculty, Adjunct Professor, School of Public Policy

Sally Rudney has worked in the field of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership for 30 years, including 17 years as the founding executive director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County.

Ms. Rudney currently staffs several local family foundations that make significant social investments in their local communities.  She helps donor families develop and implement a strategic philanthropy plan, become engaged leaders with the causes they care most about, and, for families, involve children and grandchildren in meaningful intergenerational giving. 

Ms. Rudney also has expertise in philanthropy that supports nonprofit leadership and management, and in programs that empower low-income individuals and families to build a better future for themselves and their children. 

She is recognized for her ongoing and significant leadership in Montgomery County, Maryland, to build more effective "safety net," education and workforce systems across the nonprofit, government, business and philanthropic sectors.

Sally created the Washington Area Partnership for New Immigrants and secured funding from George Soro’s Emma Lazarus Fund to build the capacity of new immigrant leaders and organizations in the metro region.  She created Sharing Montgomery, an annual donor-led effort supporting nonprofits in the County working on safety net, education and workforce.  In 2008, during the economic crisis, she helped create “Neighbors in Need Montgomery,” fast tracking over $1 million into key nonprofit emergency service efforts.   She was also a founder of Serving Together, a collaborative project to support troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, their families and other vets.

Sally is also credited with championing a government, nonprofit and philanthropy collaborative in 2006-2007, which led to the creation of Nonprofit Montgomery, the Nonprofit “Co-Housing” Village, The Nonprofit Advancement Fund of Montgomery County, and FIRM, a nonprofit financial management training program.

Ms. Rudney is a native of Washington, D.C., and has served on numerous boards and committees, including The Sidwell Friends School.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in French and African Studies from Brown University, and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. Ms. Rudney is passing along her rich history in philanthopy as a professor for the undergraduate class PUAF388D Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now.