Sam Reiman has been named director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation (RKMF). The announcement comes after the current director, Scott Izzo, informed the board that he is to step down. Reiman is an obvious choice for the role, having served alongside Izzo as associate director at RKMF for four years.
Prior to his time at RKMF, Reiman spent six years at another Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization, the McCune Foundation. He ended his stint there as senior program officer, overseeing grantmaking for medical programs and transformative economic and community development projects in the Pittsburgh region.
Reiman earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and public policy from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. He got his first career job while working towards his master’s degree in 2003 as an associate at the Forbes Funds, which helps community-based nonprofits build capacity and broaden their impact.
After the completion of his master’s, Reiman moved on to the global professional services and accounting company, Deloitte. He would work there as a consultant for nearly three years before making the move back to the Forbes Funds in early 2007, hired as a program officer. It was after working at the Forbes Funds again for nearly two years that Reiman moved on to his six-year stint at the McCune Foundation, during which he also earned his second master’s degree, this one in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.
Outgoing director, Scott Izzo, first joined RKMF in 1998 and has led it since 2005. He will stay with the foundation as a senior advisor and board trustee. Sam Reiman officially assumes the directorship on Jan. 1, 2019.