Throughout her more than 25-year career, Karma Bass has been a sought-after speaker, facilitator and consultant with deep knowledge and experience in governance, strategic planning, philanthropy, healthcare policy and board effectiveness. Her experience gives her a uniquely valuable perspective as a consultant to hospital and health system boards today. Before co-founding Via Healthcare Consulting, Ms. Bass worked as vice president for Accord Limited, a Chicago-based consulting firm. She served for two years as president/CEO of Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego, where she reported to an independent, 11-person not-for-profit board. Notably, she spent 10 years at The Governance Institute, holding various positions, including vice president of membership services and director of research and publications. Ms. Bass also oversaw the prestigious biennial hospital governance practices survey tracking trends in nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems. During three years at the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, she facilitated the first-ever collaborative community health needs assessment for San Diego’s 32 hospitals. Ms. Bass 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 from the University of California, San Diego.