Welcome to my blog!
As the home page says, my name is Kathryn Baer. I’m a quasi-retired consultant who has specialized in public policy issues. I do research, analysis and many different kinds of writing to support advocacy at the federal, state and local level.
I’ve been doing this kind of work for more than 30 years. I’ve supported the public policy interests of nonprofits, government agencies, a Member of Congress and several large global corporations. So I understand how policies get made and how to shape them.
About nine years ago, I had a moment of truth. For a long time, I’d been telling myself that I ought to act on my concern about homelessness and poverty. Then I learned that my sister had had a seizure. And I realized that I didn’t have all the time in the world — maybe almost no time at all — to do what I felt I should.
So I began working, on a volunteer basis, for a large charitable organization that serves homeless and other low-income residents in my home town, Washington, D.C. I’ve since branched out to support the advocacy goals of other nonprofits and their coalitions.
This blog is part of that work — an effort to share information, foster dialogue and encourage action to improve policies that affect disadvantaged people here in the U.S.