Welcome to my blog!
As the home page says, my name is Kathryn Baer. I retired, after more than 30 years as an employee and consultant who specialized in public policy issues. I did research, analysis and many different kinds of writing to support advocacy at the federal, state and local level.
About ten 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 shifted my focus to support the progressive advocacy goals of both local and national nonprofits and their coalitions.
This blog is now a major 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.