Mary Kuehn

Director - Hellman Fellows Fund

My role at Hirsch:

I’m proud that I’ve been with Hirsch Philanthropy Partners from the beginning and have contributed in a variety of evolving roles over the past twenty years, including research and analysis, program management, and business development. As Director of the Hellman Fellows Fund, I manage a private foundation that provides innovative research fellowships to junior faculty to support tenure and launch successful research careers. We’re gratified that 1,900 fellows have advanced their research careers to date, with deep and far-reaching results for both academia and our world.

My journey to Hirsch:

For twenty years, my career journey has taken place at Hirsch, where I have taken on increasing responsibility and created incredible impact beyond what I could have imagined when I joined the firm. Prior to joining this team, I was Marketing Manager for a large university with multiple campuses in New Zealand, where I led a rebrand to increase external reach. I studied design and creative writing – earning a dual B.A. in English and B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota – before launching my career in marketing, advertising, and sales with renowned firm Hal Riney & Partners. I enjoy applying that creative and strategic problem solving in my work with philanthropists.  

What inspires my work:

To put it simply, I am inspired by our capacity for human kindness. I feel fortunate to work closely with philanthropists and colleagues who are compassionate, empathetic, and deeply committed to contributing resources and talent to make our world a better place. 

In my free time:

I take delight in navigating the joys and challenges of homeschooling my younger son – I consider being his teacher one of my most important roles. I am also an avid gardener but not an avid weeder.