The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Appoints Michele S. Warman as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

NEW YORKJanuary 10, 2019 –The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation today announced the appointment of Michele S. Warman as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), a position in which she will oversee the Foundation’s overall operations while continuing in her role as general counsel and secretary.

As COO, Ms. Warman will work closely with the Foundation’s president, Elizabeth Alexander, the Board, and officers, to advance a dynamic program strategy and align the Foundation’s operations to support its five core program areas: higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; diversity; scholarly communications; and international higher education and strategic projects. In her new role, Ms. Warman will also oversee the Chief Financial Officer as well as Director of Communications.                                                                     

“Michele is a stellar Foundation leader and a team player who successfully manages multiple operational areas of activity and disciplines within her wide and complex portfolio,” said Alexander. “Her extensive institutional knowledge and experience across multiple areas of the Foundation makes her the connective tissue for so much of the work here. Michele’s proven track record, personal integrity, intellect and effective leadership are invaluable assets to the Mellon Foundation.”

Ms. Warman joined the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1999 as General Counsel & Secretary. Since then, she has taken on wide-ranging responsibilities and moved from success to success, attracting talent and building teams of excellence to support the Foundation’s work.

“I am honored to take on this new role at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,” said Ms. Warman. “I am devoted to Mellon’s mission and success, and look forward to working with Elizabeth as we advance a dynamic program strategy that reflects the Foundation’s culture, history, and reputation for strengthening, promoting, and, where necessary, defending the contributions of the humanities and the arts." 

Before coming to the Mellon Foundation, Ms. Warman was an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, and a law clerk at the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit.  At Davis Polk, Ms. Warman represented Fortune 500 companies in litigation and investigative matters and provided counsel to corporate boards.  In her pro bono practice, she represented civil rights groups in amici briefs before the US Supreme Court and indigent clients in litigation disputes.  Ms. Warman has been honored as one of New York's Outstanding Women of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers' Association.

Ms. Warman is a Board member of Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life, and past member of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs' Advisory Council, and of Princeton's Alumni Council's Executive Committee and Committee on Academic Programs.  She serves on a variety of fellowship selection panels, including for the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars, and Schmidt Science Fellows, and serves on the Rhodes Development Committee.  Ms. Warman is admitted to the US Supreme Court, SDNY, EDNY, New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC Bars.

Ms. Warman received an AB from Princeton University in 1982, where she received the M. Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the university's highest undergraduate distinction, an MA from the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1988, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


About the Mellon Foundation
Founded in 1969, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Additional information is available at

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Laura Washington
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