Mary Ellen Kullman, M.P.H.,C.H.E.S. is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Archstone Foundation, where for the last twenty years she has provided oversight of the foundation operations and the grant program including initiative and request for proposal development, grant monitoring, technical assistance to grant recipients, and program evaluation. She also serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chief Financial Officer. She has either directly managed, or through program staff she supervises, overseen 1,000 grants representing over $100 million dollars in philanthropic investment by the Foundation.

For five years prior to coming to the Archstone Foundation, she was the Manager of Preventive Health Education for SCE, where she directed the health education and prevention programs for 55,000 employees, dependents and retirees.

Mary Ellen also served as the Vice President for Medical and Educational Programs for the Arthritis Foundation, Southern California Chapter for 6 years. Mary Ellen was responsible for overseeing the research, education and patient service grants made by the Foundation and for developing grant proposals to other foundations for support of the Arthritis Foundation’s programs. She was also responsible for development, implementation and evaluation of patient and community service programs; volunteer training; and technical assistance to community organizations.

Mary Ellen has provided leadership to Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) for fifteen years, hosting the annual conference 3 times, serving on the conference planning and program committees for more than twelve years, and serving on the Board of Directors for 6 years. She served as Chair of the Board for two years during which she transitioned GIA through the retirement of its first Executive Director, assuming operational leadership during the transition, leading a search committee to recruit the new CEO, and relocating GIA from Dayton, Ohio to Washington, DC.