President, The Heinz Endowments
Grant Oliphant has been President of The Heinz Endowments since 2014 and has been a positive force in philanthropy and public service for nearly three decades. A leading proponent of the idea that philanthropy must be vocal in the defense of its values, he has written and lectured extensively on issues of equity, race and social justice, and championed principles that address critical community and societal issues in Pittsburgh and beyond.
Following a six-year term as President of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Grant joined the Endowments where he reshaped the foundation’s grantmaking around three key strategic areas based on the core ethos of a ‘just community,’ supporting commitments and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all.
Under Grant’s leadership, the Endowments refocused its work on advancing a sustainable and equitable future, locally and globally; creating equitable opportunities that benefit families and individuals, especially those living in vulnerable neighborhoods; and building a culture of engaged creativity for all citizens.
At the same time, the Endowments has strengthened its communications with all constituents, including a regular podcast hosted by Grant called ‘We Can Be,’ which has developed a widespread following in the Pittsburgh region and across the U.S. for his interviews with dedicated figures in the social change arena. Additionally, he has been a strong and effective advocate for the essential community role of nonprofit journalism and media industry entrepreneurship.
Grant’s appointment as President of the Endowments marked his return to the organization that previously he had served from 1993 to 2008, holding a number of senior management positions. A former journalist, Grant previously served as press secretary for the late Senator John Heinz until the Senator’s death in 1991.
During his tenure at The Pittsburgh Foundation, Grant recast the foundation’s mission around a commitment to community leadership and impact. He also led the organization through a period of major growth, the largest in its history, with the development of significant community initiatives, broadened donor engagement, and the realignment of funding priorities to maximize impact.
Grant has served extensively on the boards of local nonprofit and national sector organizations, including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, where he is Board Chair. He earned a Master’s in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business, and a Bachelor’s from Swarthmore College.