The Richard King Mellon Foundation’s director, Scott Izzo, will step down at the end of the year but will stay on as a board trustee and senior adviser at Pittsburgh’s largest foundation. Scott joined the foundation in 1998 and has led it since 2005. Last year, the R.K. Mellon Foundation awarded more than $122 million in grants to conservation, education, human services and economic development. More than $43 million was dedicated to preserving natural resources, including in the northern Pennsylvania counties of McKean, Potter and Cameron; another $40 million supported economic development projects including in and around Hazelwood Green.
The foundation’s board has named Sam Reiman, the foundation’s Associate Director, to succeed Scott, effective January 1. Sam joined the foundation in 2014 after working as a program officer with the McCune Foundation and the Forbes Funds.