Inquiries and Guidelines

Higher Learning Staff

Phillip Brian Harper
Program Director

Armando I. Bengochea
Senior Program Officer, and Director, MMUF

Carolyn Dinshaw
Senior Program Officer

Maria Sachiko Cecire
Program Officer

Dale Rejtmar
Senior Executive Assistant

Jeffrey James Keyes
Executive Assistant

Camilla Somers
Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Planning

Renee Johnson-Thornton
Senior Program Associate, and Associate Director, MMUF

Emma Taati
Senior Program Associate

Mary Bates
Program Associate

Susan I. Dady
Program Associate

Elizabeth Foley
Program Associate

Ashley Garner
Program Associate

Logan Heiman
Program Associate

Chris Jo
Program Associate

Daniel Kent
Program Associate for Research

Kris Choe
Program Assistant

Yoona Hong
Program Assistant

Elizabeth LoCascio
Program Assistant


Mellon’s Higher Learning program makes grants to institutions and organizations rather than to individuals. All grants result from invitations issued by Mellon to institutions with which staff have engaged in preliminary exchanges. While we are unable to consider uninvited proposals, we do welcome inquiries from US colleges, universities, and higher education-related organizations, and especially from institutions not previously supported by Mellon. Please do not send inquiries to more than one Mellon grantmaking program. If you already have an account on Mellon’s grantee portal, please contact program staff directly. Otherwise, please submit an inquiry through the grantee portal at

Grantmaking Policies and Guidelines 

Please see Our Grantmaking for more information regarding the submission of proposals, reporting requirements, grant modification procedures, and grantmaking policies.