Gary D. Bass
Executive Director
Gary D. Bass became the executive director of the Bauman Foundation in July, 2011. In 1983, he founded OMB Watch, a nonprofit research and advocacy organization that promotes greater government accountability and transparency and increased citizen participation in public policy decisions, and directed it until moving to the Bauman Foundation.
An expert on federal budgetary, program management, regulatory and information policy issues, Gary has published extensively, testified before Congress, appeared on national television and presented to groups across the country. Gary has led many advocacy campaigns—often in coalition with local, state and national groups—in pursuit of a government that promotes social justice and responds to community needs. He led OMB Watch in challenging a number of provisions in the Contract with America and successfully stopped proposals that would have undermined our society's safety net. Working with a wide variety of public interest organizations, he stopped: a “no money, no mandates” measure that would have resulted in state and local governments being exempted from complying with federal laws; a constitutional amendment to balance the U.S. budget that would have seriously harmed human service delivery; a variety of regulatory provisions that would have undermined health, safety and environmental protections; and various efforts to silence the advocacy voice of charities across the country.
He has received numerous awards, including being selected as one of the NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 11 times, between 1999-2008 and again in 2010; and in 2011 he received the Chairperson’s Award from the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities for his leadership and dedication in national public policy.
In addition to his role at the Bauman Foundation, Gary is an affiliated professor at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute where he teaches about nonprofit advocacy and social change. He has served on numerous boards and has been an advisor to many organizations. Prior to founding OMB Watch, Gary was president of the Human Services Information Center; director of liaison for the International Year of Disabled Persons; worked as a consultant on several projects in special education and the mental health of children and youth, most notably the preparation of the first annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142), now called the Individuals with Disability Education Act; and served as special assistant to Wilbur Cohen, then chair of the Michigan Governor's Task Force on the Investigation and Prevention of Abuse in Residential Institutions.
Gary received a combined doctorate in psychology and education from The University of Michigan, along with the University's highest award for graduate student teaching and several awards for academic excellence.
Katherine Blair
Program Associate
Katherine joined the Bauman Foundation in May of 2013. Her work in social justice started in 2008 at the Association Migration Solidarité et Échanges pour le Développement in Strasbourg, France, where she focused on workforce and immigration issues. Katherine began her career in philanthropy in 2011 at the Open Society Institute in Washington, D.C., conducting research on international and domestic policies protecting free and fair elections, and constitutional transfers of power.
After receiving her B.A. in Peace and Justice Studies and French from Ursinus College in 2010, Katherine attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she received her M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in August of 2012. At the Bauman Foundation she focuses primarily on civic engagement issues with an emphasis on redistricting reform and voting rights, and government transparency challenges including national security secrecy, declassification, and FOIA reform.