As a member of PHR’s development department leadership, Masha Katz Baer works to expand the PHR donor base of support and to steward individual donors. She manages individual donor engagement and outreach, stewardship of the board of directors and leadership council, and PHR’s annual gala. Katz Baer also oversees the gift processing and acknowledgement processes as well as department administration.
Prior to joining PHR, Katz Baer was the individual giving director at the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization that represents wrongfully convicted people and advances reforms to the criminal legal system. In her role, Katz Baer managed the $7,000,000 annual individual giving program, including facilitating donor relationships alongside the executive director and director of development. Prior to the Innocence Project, Katz Baer worked for nearly a decade at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a nonprofit organization supporting grassroots human rights organizations in the Global South. With AJWS, Katz Baer managed volunteer and advocacy travel programs to deepen the engagement of organizational stakeholders. During her tenure, she developed and led programs in East and West Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Katz Baer graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in international studies, concentrating in environment and the Middle East. She earned her Master’s of Science in international affairs, with a focus on human rights and governance, from the New School.