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As the Coalition worked on the issues, it also took steps to formalize its own structure, announcing the creation of a stand-alone nonprofit, the Baltimore Alliance for Careers in Healthcare (BACH) in October 2005. BACH would be overseen by a board that included representatives from hospitals, foundations and public agencies.
BACH announced that month that it had $925,000 in funding from six local foundations: The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Abell Foundation, Open Society Institute–Baltimore, the Aaron Straus and Lillie Straus Foundation, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Foundation.
The board brought on Ronald Hearn, an experienced community college leader with a background in workforce development, as the first executive director and established a BACH office in Howard County, later relocating to Baltimore City. He worked with an engaged board, chaired by Pamela Paulk, and collaborated with a key consultant, Barbara Hopkins, who had helped launch the coaching program.