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Dan Rustad

Interim Vice President for External Relations, Development Office

Dan started his career in fundraising in 1995 and has a depth of experience in major and planned giving, management, and campaigns. Dan came to Carleton in 2002 and served as a Development Officer during the successful $300 million Breaking Barriers-Creating Connections campaign working with donors primarily in the Bay Area and in the Pacific Northwest. He assumed responsibility for all of Carleton’s development programs in 2015 and oversees major and planned giving, development operations, and the 25th and 50th milestone reunion programs. From 2015 to 2021 he was part of the leadership team during the Every Carl for Carleton campaign that raised nearly $492 million. He earned his B.A. from St. Olaf College in 1995 and his M.A. from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1999 and has held development roles at Mayo Clinic, St. Olaf College, and Fairview Health Services prior to coming to Carleton. He has served on the boards of Prairie Creek Community School, the St. Olaf Alumni Board, the St. Olaf Fund Board, and has been an active volunteer with the Northfield Arts Guild. Dan lives in Northfield with his wife and family.


At Carleton since 2002.