Kristen Barnes

In July 2019, Kristen Barnes, MA, joined the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement as the Assistant Director for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. She works on faculty data analysis, finance management and communications.

Prior to this role, Kristen worked in faculty development at Teachers College and later in Columbia’s Office of the Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences. Most recently, Kristen served as the Assistant Director of Faculty Development & Diversity in the Office of the EVP for Arts & Sciences. Kristen has a longstanding interest in increasing marginalized groups’ access to higher education. She has experience in fundraising, advocacy, and leadership development through her work at Children’s Defense Fund of New York and the George Washington University.

Kristen received her bachelor's degree in English and Comparative Literature and Political Science from George Washington University, and her master's degree in Politics and Education from Teachers College. She is currently enrolled in the Social Organizational Psychology graduate program at Teachers College.