Rebecca Shamash is Associate Director of Research for the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Stanford’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. In this role, she conducts research exploring how and why high capacity donors participate in philanthropy and develops curriculum related to effective philanthropy. Prior to joining PACS, she designed and executed a research project investigating how ethical issues are taken up in elite business schools in the United States and the mechanisms through which those institutions reproduce cultural and economic inequalities. Rebecca has also taught courses on social problems, inequality, education, and family in the Department of Sociology at Santa Clara University. She received a PhD in Education from the University of Minnesota and a BA with concentrations in International Relations and Italian from the University of Southern California.