Stuart C. Ruffin
Stuart Ruffin has served as the Foundation’s Deputy Director since November, 2013.
As Deputy Director, he is charged to assist the executive director in developing the vision, mission, and goals of the Foundation. He also leads a number of the Foundation's development initiatives, including those involving unmanned systems, human factors, and C4ISR.
Ruffin began his career with the Foundation in 2012 as the organization’s inaugural intern. He was quickly promoted to the role of Outreach Coordinator where he designed and implemented the Foundation’s outreach strategy. In late 2013, he was selected for the role of Deputy Director. His quick ascension through the Foundation's ranks is the result of his strong work ethic and ability to design and execute multiple initiatives.
Ruffin received his B.A. in political science, including minors in economics and Middle Eastern studies from North Carolina State University. He spent the summer of 2010 studying abroad in Egypt, where he honed his Arabic language skills and completed coursework in Modern Egyptian History. In 2013, he earned a Masters in International Studies from NC State University, and wrote his capstone on the efficacy of funding economic development efforts in Egypt through loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ruffin held leadership roles in various organizations throughout his academic career, including stints as Treasurer and co-Founder of the Middle Eastern and North African Student Association and project leader in the Kappa Sigma Fellows Program.
A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Ruffin currently resides in Raleigh. In his spare time, he assists the Foreign Area Officer Association's quarterly Journal of International Affairs in a number of roles, including contributing book reviews.