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Karma H. Bass, M.P.H., FACHE

Over her nearly 20-year career, Karma Bass has been a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant with deep knowledge and experience in governance, strategic planning, philanthropy, quality oversight, health care policy, and board effectiveness.

Before founding Via Healthcare Consulting, she worked for ACCORD LIMITED, a Chicago-based consulting firm. She also spent two years as president and CEO of Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego, California where she reported to an independent, 11-person non-profit board.

Over a 10-year period at The Governance Institute, Ms. Bass held various positions including Vice President, Membership Services and Director of Research & Publications. During her time there, she oversaw the research and writing of a prestigious biennial hospital governance practices survey tracking trends across US hospitals and health systems.

During three years at the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties, she facilitated the first-even collaborative community health needs assessment for San Diego’s 32 hospitals, responding to the then-newly-implemented California Hospital Community Benefit law. Her experience gives her a uniquely valuable perspective as a consultant to hospital and health systems boards today.

Ms. Bass is board-certified in Healthcare Management and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health, with a focus in Health Services Administration from San Diego State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree, graduating Cum Laude, from University of California San Diego.

She lives in Carlsbad, California with her husband and two children.