Lee Bynum, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Program Associate, Diversity Initiatives;Associate Director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

FUNDING AREAS: Diversity in higher education, undergraduate fellowships

CONTACT: lb@mellon.org, 212-500-2473

IP TAKE: Gifted scholar of race and the performing arts plays supporting role at Mellon’s Diversity Initiative.

PROFILE: Lee Bynum works alongside Armando Bengochea at the Mellon Foundation's Diversity Initiative. Bynum is involved with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) and the foundation's grant making to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). (See Bengochea's profile for more on MMUF and Mellon's grant making to HBCUs)

Bynum spent much of his early career and education involved with theater. According his profile on doollee.com, he's "directed, performed, choreographed, designed, produced, and written for various theatres all over the United States," and "is a veteran of over one hundred productions."

Nowadays, Bynum splits his time between the position at Mellon and working toward a Ph.D. from Columbia University (as well as serving as Executive Director of the Harmony Theatre Company). Before joining the foundation, he spent some time as the assistant director of Columbia's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Bynum is also a widely published academic writer; his research concentrates on African American classical music, dance and theatre. He's written some great stuff on an opera about Malcolm X, the gentrification of Harlem, and a lot more. See Bynum's Academia.edu profile for more detail.