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Community Associations Institute



Ms. Dawn Bauman, CAE

Community Associations Institute


Dawn M. Bauman, CAI’s senior vice president of government and public affairs and the executive director of the Foundation for Community Association Research, has worked for CAI for more than 20 years at both the international and chapter level. CAI is the leading international organization representing the condominium, homeowners association, housing cooperative, strata, sectional title, property horizontal sector.  This sector of housing is the fastest growing type of housing in the world and represents at least 30% of housing worldwide.

 Bauman is a leading expert in the community association housing model and is frequently sourced in U.S. and international media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Bankrate, on community association housing topics. 

 She is a regular speaker and presenter at major conferences worldwide; including CAI’s Annual Conference and Exposition: Community NOW, CAI’s Chief Executive Officer of Management Companies annual retreat, CAI’s Large-Scale Community Association Managers Workshop, chapter events, National Association of Housing Cooperatives Annual Conference, and industry conferences around the world; including Australia, Canada, Colombia, South Africa, and Spain.

As the executive director of the Foundation for Community Association Research, Bauman leads the research committee’s mission to better understand contemporary topics facing the community association housing model; including diversity, aging infrastructure, rising costs, labor shortages, and more.

Since the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Miami, Florida, Bauman has led efforts nationwide, state, and local efforts to develop condominium safety public policy resulting in policy changes for safer condominium buildings in the U.S. and around the world. 

Bauman works directly with CAI’s 36 state Legislative Action Committees (LACs), the Federal Legislative Action Committee, The College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL) to further CAI's mission—promoting effective leadership and responsible citizenship in homeowners associations and condominium communities. Bauman is an advocate for CAI at the state, local, and federal legislative and regulatory arena representing the community association housing model.

Education/Professional Affiliations

Bachelor of Business Administration

Together We Bake, 501C3 Workforce Training Program for Women Previously Incarcerated

Immediate Past President, Founding Board Member


ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership

Committee Member, Government Relations Committee

Session Panelist, Women’s Executive Leadership Retreat

Past Chair, CAE Immersion Program Committee

CAE Item Writing Committee Member

Past Member, Summit Awards Committee



Northern Virginia Community College

Guest Lecturer – Association Management Course


Public Affairs Council, Member & Speaker

Women in Housing Finance, Member

Women in Government Relations, Member



2022, Women in Government Relations

Advocate of the Year Award


2023, Public Affairs Council

Advocacy Campaign of the Year Award


2020, CAI President’s Award


2011, CAI President’s Award


2003, CAI Central Virginia Chapter Presidents Aard


1999, CAI Chapter Executive Rising Star Award