DRi is pleased to announce the placement of Kristen Palumbo as Carnegie Science’s Senior Manager of Foundation Relations.
Established with Andrew Carnegie’s substantial $1 billion endowment, the Carnegie Institution for Science has long been at the forefront of scientific discovery. Free from external funding’s pressures or interests, Carnegie scientists are able to pursue their own initiatives and discoveries.
Even Andrew Carnegie himself could not have imagined the extent of his institution’s discovery in its over-100 year existence. Today, Carnegie scientists are leaders in the fields of astronomy, Earth and planetary sciences, genetics and developmental biology, global ecology, materials science, and plant biology. The institution’s scientific potential will soon outpace and outgrow Carnegie’s endowment. Under the direction of President Matthew P. Scott, the institution resolved to create a best-in-class fundraising program that would match and sustain its world-class research.
A strong base of foundation support is critical for any private fundraising program. DRi identified Kristen as an ideal candidate who could unlock the potential of foundations as Carnegie Science’s Senior Manager of Foundation Relations. She spent the previous 4 years at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, building relationships with both foundations and corporations. In this capacity, she worked closely with researchers and professors to communicate their needs and priorities, and this invaluable experience would be needed as she works with the trailblazing scientists at the Carnegie Institute. Her experience authoring highly technical proposals, involving chemical and biomolecular engineering, energy, and cybersecurity, will be critical as she recruits support for the work of Carnegie scientists. Kristen received her B.A. in Sociology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her M.S. in Landscape/Sustainable Design from The George Washington University.
DRi was pleased to partner with the Carnegie Institution for Science and wishes Kristen and all their new development officers the best of luck in their scientific endeavors.