Dawn M. Bauman, CAE

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.

Lula Fekadu

Lula Fekadu

Senior Manager, Government & Public Affairs and PAC Compliance

Fekadu is the Senior Manager, Government & Public Affairs and PAC Compliance, and works with hundreds of volunteer leaders throughout the 50 states serving on CAI legislative action committees and CAI government affairs committees to advocate for strong and sensible public policy-impacting community associations.

As Senior Manager, of Government & Public Affairs and PAC Compliance, Fekadu is a liaison as well as a team leader and has been with the Community Associations Institute for over 20 years. Managing the Legislative Action Committees (LACs) nomination process, the Political Action Committee (PAC), and Lobbying reporting compliance and filing deadlines by ensuring CAI complies with the laws and regulations. Manage CAI Designation Code of Ethics Committee Docket and handle complaint inquiries and provide project management support for special projects at the direction of the SVP.

Fekadu holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Management from Colorado Technical University.  

Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.

Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq.

Senior Director, Government and Public Affairs and the College of Community Association Lawyers

Neseth serves as Senior 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 senior 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.

Benjamin M. Price, MPP

Benjamin M. Price, MPP

Manager, Government & Public Affairs

Ben joined CAI in 2022 and serves as the team’s lead for tracking local-level issues. He also assists with CAI’s many advocacy efforts at the state level, and is responsible for conducting research projects and assisting with the development of CAI Public Policies. Prior to joining CAI, Ben served as a legislative aide at the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council, where he drafted local legislation. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Towson University, and a Master of Public Policy from University College Dublin. A Washington, D.C.-area native, Ben currently resides in Virginia.

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