Institutional Funding & Sponsored Research Staff
Kayla McCaffrey, MA
Executive Director, Institutional Funding and Sponsored Research
Kayla joined Barnard in 2020, bringing a 12-year career in education to her role. Most recently, she was the Senior Director of Institutional Giving and Advancement Operations at Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), where she oversaw institutional funding, advancement services, and events. Kayla’s fundraising work at MMC focused on major institutional priorities, including career preparedness, the intersection of liberal and visual arts, and prison education programs. Prior to her role at MMC, Kayla was the Assistant Director of Development at NAF, a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to prepare high school students for college and career success. At NAF, she held a portfolio of over 20 corporate and foundation grants and served as project manager for annual Benefit, which raised between $1.5 and $2 million annually. Kayla began her career as a Spanish teacher for the NYC Department of Education. She has a BA in Spanish and an MA in Education, both from Hunter College.
Mark Godwin, MPA
Director, Sponsored Research
Mark joined Barnard as the Associate Director of Institutional Giving in March 2014. He brings to this role over nine years of experience in higher education fundraising. Most recently he headed up the corporate and foundation funding area at Pace University. Prior to that, he worked at New York University, where he served as a prospect researcher, a writer, and ultimately, as the assistant director of corporate and foundation relations, working primarily with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Mark started his career as a grant writer for arts organizations. He has a BA in English from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Wagner School at NYU.
Associate Director, Sponsored Research
Pamela joined the Institutional Funding team in August 2016 with over ten years of experience securing funding for arts and educational institutions. She began her career at Primary Source as a program and grants associate, where she developed funding requests for professional development programs in global history for K-12 teachers, and coordinated the organization’s study tour program. Pamela has also held positions focusing on institutional giving at China Institute and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Prior to her arrival at Barnard, Pamela served as institutional giving manager at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, where she led the Museum’s research, proposal development, and grants administration efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from UMass Amherst.
Kari Steeves, MFA
Associate Director, Institutional Funding
Kari began in Institutional Funding and Sponsored Research in August 2017. Previously, she worked as a consultant on website and content development for non-profits, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio, and Art Education for the Blind. She often served as project manager and liaison between academics, administrators, and technical staff. Recently she managed a nationwide marketing and awareness-raising campaign for Refugee Kids, a documentary film. Kari holds a bachelor’s of art in humanities from Yale University and a master’s in fine art from Hunter College.
Liane Carlson, MA, MPhil, PhD
Research Officer, Institutional Funding
Liane joined Institutional Funding and Sponsored Research in September 2019. She brings over ten years of experience successfully writing grant and fellowship applications for her own research, during which time she secured funding from the Fulbright Association, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, American Association of University Women, and the Henry Luce Foundation, among others. Prior to joining Barnard, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and New York University. She holds a BA in Religion from Washington and Lee University, as well as an MA, an MPhil, and a PhD in Religion from Columbia University.