*Image courtesy of Minette Hand.

*Image courtesy of Minette Hand.


Sloan McGurl is a community centered designer, facilitator and strategist. They apply creative problem solving, experience design and grassroots community development tactics to unlock the potential of mission driven leaders, teams and enterprises. 

Sloan serves as Chief of Staff at The Trust for Public Land (TPL)  where they lead organizational strategy, manage the national board and advise the CEO. TPL works around the country  to reimagine and realize the power of land to build resilient, healthy and equitable communities. Prior to TPL, Sloan was the Director of Board Relations, managing the boards in the US, Europe and China for the Environmental Defense Fund, after being an early employee of Van Jones’ Dream Corps. 

Sloan is the 2020 Designer in Residence, at the School of Visual Arts, Design for Social Innovation Program, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a board member at the Association of Design Professionals (NY) and the co-founder of the social design collective, FLOX. In addition, they have served for the last two years as an evaluator for the Echoing Green Social Innovation Fellowship.

As a speaker and writer, Sloan has presented on their work at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Design For America Summit, Princeton University, and other institutions. And has been published in many outlets, including the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the European Business Business Review, and the Journal of Governmental Finance and Policy. 

Sloan and their partner live between New York City, San Francisco and occasionally a log cabin in the Catskills.

3 Words that People Would Use to Describe Sloan

  • Systems Thinker

  • Catalytic

  • Loyal

Points of Pride

  • Lead the first comprehensive organizational strategic planning effort for The Trust for Public Land, establishing a 47 year old conservation organization as a renewed national community building institution.

  • Raised and deployed $25M in philanthropic capital for issues ranging from affordable housing for individuals with mental illness to environmentalism.

  • Operationalized Van Jones' vision for Dream Corps, a US based social justice accelerator

  • Designed a scalable framework for global strategy and governance at the Environmental Defense Fund

  • Taught over 300 students at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service how to manage and lead in the social impact sector

  • Led the community engagement process for a regional women's foundation that needed to relocate the local women's building

  • Partnered with Anurag Gupta to take Be:More America, an organization committed to reducing implicit bias in the healthcare sector from idea to implementation

  • Chaired the Ms. Foundation For Women's, Board of Trustees, Governance Committee from 2016 to 2019.