March 01, 2018

Interview: Will Baker

Milo Mason

Will Baker began his career at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) as an intern, a few weeks out of college in 1976. Since 1982, he has served as CBF’s president, leading the largest nonprofit conservation organization dedicated solely to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. He is a widely published author and frequent guest on major television and radio networks whose many accolades include an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Washington College, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Baltimore, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from St. Mary’s College. Baker is a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine (Hospitals and Medical School), a director of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, a founding director of Brown Advisory & Trust Company, the Greater Washington Board of Trade Green Committee, and the Living Classrooms Foundation, among many other service positions. Under Baker’s leadership, CBF has received numerous awards, including the nation’s highest environmental honor—the 1992 Presidential Medal for Environmental Excellence—in recognition of its environmental education program.

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