Dawn M. Bauman, CAE
Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs; Executive Director, Foundation for Community Association Research
Dawn M. Bauman has worked for CAI for nearly 20 years at both the international and chapter level. Bauman and her team have produced nearly fifty public policy initiatives impacting the community associations housing model— including policies on Fair Housing, pets and assistance animals, and the removal of racially restrictive covenants.
She is frequently sourced in U.S. and international media outlets, including— The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and Bankrate, on community association housing topics.
Bauman works directly with CAI’s 36 state Legislative Action Committees (LACs) and The College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) to further CAI’s mission—promoting effective leadership and responsible citizenship in homeowners associations and condominium communities. CAI’s LACs and CCAL fellows are considered industry experts and are often leaders in providing model language used in current legislation and regulations throughout the U.S. For the past eight years, Bauman has delivered dozens of education programs and presentations pertaining to legislative and legal trends shaping community associations, Fair Housing, and assistance animals during CAI’s annual CEO-MC Retreat hosting 300 of the world’s leading community association management chief executive officers.
She is an annual presenter at CAI’s Annual Conference and Exposition: Community NOW, attended by 2,000 homeowner leaders, community managers, and business partners where she delivers the latest education, resources, and information about legislative and regulatory topics shaping the community associations housing model.
In 2021, as the executive director of the Foundation for Community Association Research, Bauman led the research committee’s mission to better understand diversity and inclusion in today’s community associations. Following a survey, The Foundation published the exclusive full report, “Creating Harmony in Diverse Communities,” detailing the survey findings and recommendations for CAI to create new education and programming for its membership and the public.
C. Scott Canady
Principal, Tambala Strategy
Canady’s 13 year record of public service includes experience gained in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In Congress, Canady served as chief policy and political aide to a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, working to reform the National Flood Insurance Program and improve the regulation of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Following his time in the Congress, Canady was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Canady served as a key legislative liaison with members of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee.
In 2009, Canady began his partnership with Community Associations Institute by launching Tambala Strategy. Through this partnership, Scott has worked with CAI’s members and leadership team to advance the views of common interest communities on a variety of issues including federal condominium standards, federal disaster assistance for community associations, and community association lien priority.
Canady is a graduate Louisiana State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.
Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.
Director, Government and Public Affairs and the College of Community Association Lawyers
Neseth serves as Director of Government and Public Affairs and the College of Community Association Lawyers and joined Community Associations Institute following law school. During and after law school, she worked as a Legislative Consultant with a law firm in Maryland, supporting several trade associations and working with the Maryland General Assembly.
As director of CAI’s government affairs program, Neseth is the team’s lead for state advocacy, supporting key state legislative action committees, and identifying and tracking key legislative issues and policy trends. She is the Institute’s lead for CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL), including the CCAL Board of Governors, CCAL Law Seminar Planning Committee, and CCAL task force initiatives. She also serves as the legal editor for CAI’s Law Reporter.
Neseth holds a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Maryland and resides in Washington D.C.