Director, Strategic Philanthropy
John Schellhase is a director of strategic philanthropy at the Milken Institute. His work focuses on social impact philanthropy, including designing and operating prize competitions to increase prosperity and quality of life around the world. Prior to his current role, Schellhase worked on capital market development in developing countries as part of the Milken Institute's financial markets team. He has also worked as an international development consultant whose clients included the World Bank, the government of Rwanda’s Capital Markets Authority, Financial Sector Deepening Africa, Vikasa Holdings LLC, and others. He holds a Master of Science in global affairs from New York University, where he focused his coursework on issues in international economic development with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Before his graduate studies, Schellhase served for two years as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Based in Madrid, Spain, Schellhase is part of the Institute's growing team in Europe.