Sterling joined the Stupski Foundation in September, 2014. He is currently an advisor to the Stupski Foundation where he served as its president for the last year.
From 2006 through 2013, Sterling served as president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), one of the ten largest private foundations in America. While at WKKF, he helped launch the America Healing initiative, served as co-chairman of the national D5 coalition on Diversity in Philanthropy, developed a remarkable Impact Investing portfolio, championed the focus on vulnerable children from birth to age eight, and greatly expanded an emphasis on long-term place-based programming, including new work in Haiti and Mexico. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation, Sterling was president of Peninsula Community Foundation (PCF), headquartered in Silicon Valley. While at PCF, he established the Center for Venture Philanthropy, and created the Raising A Reader Take Home Book Program that today operates in 33 states and serves more than 100,000 children. During that time, Sterling also taught a seminar on philanthropy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before that, he managed the national computer grants program for nonprofit organizations at Apple Computer.
Sterling earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and holds a law degree from the University of Michigan.