Director & Trustee, Richard King Mellon Foundation
Sam Reiman serves as the director and as a trustee of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, a private philanthropy based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, Sam oversees the Foundation’s administrative, programmatic, community, and strategic planning functions. As announced in January 2021, this included leading the Foundation’s new ten-year strategic plan to invest more than $1.2 billion dollars in southwestern Pennsylvania and nationally across the program areas of economic development, economic mobility, health and wellbeing, conservation, social impact investments, and organizational effectiveness. With assets estimated at $3.1 billion at the end of 2020, the Foundation provides approximately $130 million in grants and program related investments annually and is one of the 50 largest foundations in the world.
Reiman began his college education at the Lancaster, PA campus of Harrisburg Area Community College in 1997 prior to transferring to Franklin and Marshall College, where he worked 1,000 hours per year as one of two Buchanan Park Scholars responsible for maintaining the 22-acre public park adjacent to campus in exchange for full tuition, room, and board. Reiman holds a BA degree in Science, Technology and Public Policy from Franklin and Marshall College, Cum Laude; an MS degree in Public Policy and Management with a Minor in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University; and an MS degree in Biotechnology from The Johns Hopkins University. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Sandra, and two daughters, Isabella, and Sofia.