Ms. Barnum is a Vice President in the Ares Investor Relations Group, where she focuses on credit investor relations. Prior to joining Ares in 2023, Ms. Barnum was a Product Strategist within the Fundamental Fixed Income business at BlackRock, where she focused on securitized assets. Previously, Ms. Barnum focused on agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and was also a member of the Performance Measurement and Attribution Team at the firm. Ms. Barnum holds a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College in Economics and Mathematics.