As CAST’s Director of Finance, Kelly Blackburn is responsible for managing all aspects of federal and private grants, including financial reporting, budget management, compliance, contracting, and supporting the proposal process. She also has a role in the overall budget process for the organization.
Kelly is a Certified Research Administrator and has primarily worked at institutes of higher education. She has a passion for gaining and sharing knowledge about grant administration, compliance, and creative ways to achieve organizational goals.
Prior to joining CAST, Kelly was the Assistant Director of Administration for the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs at the University of Kansas. She supported center directors and staff in the management of TRIO, GEAR UP, and other educational opportunity programs through strategic planning, fiscal and regulatory oversight, and center management. In addition to her primary role, Kelly developed and led a variety of trainings for a broad audience of faculty, staff, and campus partners. She also served as a trainer on budget management topics for a TRIO training grant.
B.A., Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas