Michele S. Warman

EVP, COO, General Counsel & Secretary at Mellon Foundation

Michele S. Warman is executive vice president, chief operating officer, general counsel and secretary of the Foundation. Ms. Warman oversees the Foundation's overall operations and legal affairs, and is secretary to the Board of Trustees. Ms. Warman works closely with the Foundation's president, board, and staff in the day-to-day management of the Foundation and in setting overall direction.

Ms. Warman received an AB from Princeton University in 1982, where she received the M. Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the university's highest undergraduate distinction, an MA from the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1988, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 1999, Ms. Warman was an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, and a law clerk at the US Court of Appeals, DC Circuit. At Davis Polk, Ms. Warman represented Fortune 500 companies in litigation and investigative matters and provided counsel to corporate boards. In her pro bono practice, she represented civil rights groups in amici briefs before the US Supreme Court and indigent clients in litigation disputes. Ms. Warman has been honored as one of New York's Outstanding Women of the Bar by the New York County Lawyers' Association.

Ms. Warman is a board member of the Southern Education Foundation and Princeton University's Center for Jewish Life; and past member of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs' Advisory Council, and of Princeton's Alumni Council's Executive Committee and Committee on Academic Programs. She serves on a variety of fellowship selection panels, including for the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars, and Schmidt Science Fellows, and on the Rhodes Development Committee. Ms. Warman is admitted to the US Supreme Court, SDNY, EDNY, New York, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC Bars.


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