Helen Cullyer

Helen Cullyer is the Deputy Director, Foundation Relations and Grants at PEN America. With over 20 years of experience, her background falls within the higher education, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors. Cullyer served as Associate Program Officer, and then as Program Officer, for Scholarly Communications at the Mellon Foundation, where she was responsible for grantmaking in the areas of libraries, archives, publishing, digital infrastructure for research and publication, and digital humanities. In 2016, she was appointed as Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies, a professional member organization in ancient studies, and led the organization through the pandemic until 2023.

Cullyer holds a PhD from Yale University and a BA in Classics from Oxford University.