In managing the Institution's financial health, public reputation, and operations, Isaacs is supported by an executive team. Additionally, the Directors of Carnegie's three research divisions work with Isaacs to shape the Institution's scientific directions. Together, Carnegie's entire leadership suite ensures that the Institution is able to maintain its independence, pursue advantageous partnerships, and advance scientific breakthroughs.
Executive Leadership Team
John Mulchaey is Carnegie's Deputy for Science with responsibility for enhancing scientific opportunities across the Institution. He works with President Eric D. Isaacs and the scientific directors to determine and implement Carnegie’s scientific priorities and to advance Carnegie's position within the greater scientific enterprise. He is also the Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair and Director of the Carnegie Observatories.
Michael Stambaugh is Carnegie's first Chief Investment Officer. He is responsible for managing the Institution's endowment.
Bill Fahey is Carnegie's first Chief Human Resources Officer. He officially joined the Institution in the spring of 2022 after a year as in an interim position and a year consulting. He is working to modernize Carnegie’s Human Resources efforts, implementing improved systems, policies, and procedures that support our research mission.
Kristen Palumbo is Carnegie's Interim Director of Development. She is responsible for managing the Institution's fundraising efforts, as well as foundation relations.
Anat Shahar is Carnegie's first Deputy for Research Advancement. She is also a Staff Scientist at Carnegie's Earth and Planets Laboratory. Her administrative work is focused on the early career scientific experience at Carnegie, including onboarding, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for postdocs and staff associates, as well as on enhancing Carnegie-wide support to advance our federal funding efforts at all stages.
Benjamin Aderson is Carnegie's first General Counsel as well as the Institution's Board Secretary. He is responsible for legal matters and governance.
Karen Sodomick is Carnegie's first Chief Communications Officer. She is responsible for overseeing Carnegie's communications and branding strategy.
Ben Barbin is the Chief of Staff to Carnegie President Eric D. Isaacs and the Liason to the Carnegie Board of Trustees.
Scientific Division Directors
Margaret McFall-Ngai joined the Carnegie Institution for Science in January 2022 as the Director of the newly launched Division of Biosphere Sciences and Engineering. She is a recognized thought leader regarding the cornerstone role microbiology plays in the life sciences. Her research specializes in beneficial relationships between animals and bacteria, including the establishment and maintenance of symbiosis, the evolution of these interactions, and how they affect the animal’s health.
Experimental petrologist Michael Walter became Director of the recently formed Carnegie Earth and Planets Laboratory in 2022, where he was previously Deputy Director. His recent research focuses on the period early in Earth’s history, shortly after the planet accreted from the cloud of gas and dust surrounding our young Sun, when the mantle and the core first separated into distinct layers.
John Mulchaey, Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair and Director of the Carnegie Observatories Director, joined the Institution as a Staff Scientist in 1999. He was named Director in 2015. Mulchaey is renowned astronomer, well-regarded for his work on groups and clusters of galaxies—most of which, including our own Milky Way, exist collectively. He is also the Institution's Science Deputy.