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Heinz Endowments president departing for new job

Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant speaking at the launch of the P4 in 2015.
Deanna Garcia
90.5 WESA
Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant speaking at the launch of the P4 initiative in 2015.

The president of The Heinz Endowments announced his plans on Wednesday to depart the job in February 2022.

[Note: The Heinz Endowments were among the original funders and supporters of the launch of 90.5 WESA and have provided additional support through the years.]

Grant Oliphant became president of the $2 billion endowments in 2014. He oversaw the distribution of millions of dollars in grants each year and was known for his focus on creating grants to promote sustainability, creativity and learning.

“Under his leadership, the foundation became known nationally for its courageous use of its voice and the excellence of its grantmaking on behalf of better environmental policies, more sustainable and equitable economic practices, stronger supports and policies for military veterans, a rejuvenated commitment to the arts, and the advancement of a truly inclusive society and efforts to combat racism and other forms of social injustice,” endowments officials said in a statement.

Prior to joining the Heinz Endowments as president, Oliphant was the president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation from 2008 to 2014. He also worked for the Heinz Endowments as the communications director and the vice president of programs.

According to endowments officials, Oliphant played a “leading role” in the region’s pandemic response and economic recovery.

Oliphant will take a similar position next year at a foundation in San Diego.

Endowments officials say they will begin a national search for a new president soon.

Updated: December 1, 2021 at 4:50 PM EST
Updated to clarify when Oliphant will leave his position with the Heinz Foundation.
Julia Zenkevich reports on Allegheny County government for 90.5 WESA. She first joined the station as a production assistant on The Confluence, and more recently served as a fill-in producer for The Confluence and Morning Edition. She’s a life-long Pittsburgher, and attended the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at