Ella Baff to Depart The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation announced Ella Baff will step down in March from her position as Senior Program Officer for Arts and Cultural Heritage to focus on new opportunities involving innovative arts and culture programs.

Baff joined the Mellon Foundation in 2015 to lead the newly formed Arts and Cultural Heritage program, which grants approximately $65 million annually to arts and cultural organizations in the US and abroad.

After broadening the foundation’s support of previously underrepresented art forms and communities, “Baff will renew her career-long commitment to shaping dynamic arts programming in a wide range of disciplines,” stated the Mellon Foundation in an announcement last week.

She plans to continue her work in philanthropy as well as in program development for cultural and heritage organizations in the visual, performing arts, and public media. Baff will continue to advise the Mellon Foundation on the development of their recently launched Jazz Initiative.

Read The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's full announcement.