Will Baker began his career with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) as an intern in 1976, a few weeks after graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has been President since 1982, leading the largest nonprofit conservation organization dedicated solely to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay. His opinion pieces have been published in all major regional newspapers and the New York Times, and he has been repeatedly interviewed on all major television and radio networks.
Baker is an emeritus trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine (Hospitals and Medical School), an emeritus Board Member of the Baltimore Community Foundation, a Director of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, a member of the UMBC Board of Visitors, and an Honorary Trustee of the Garden Club of America. He is a Director of Brown Advisory & Trust Company.
A past trustee of Washington College, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Service in 1991 and their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Baltimore, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Mary's College. Baker was a recipient of Washingtonian Magazine's "Washingtonian of the Year" award, and was inducted into the Daily Record's Circle of Excellence after being selected three times as an Influential Marylander. He received the Speaker's Medallion from the Maryland House of Delegates in 2009, awarded annually to the Marylander who has made an outstanding contribution to the citizens of the state. In 2018, Baker received the William K. Reilly Environmental Leadership Award, which recognizes leaders in environmental governance and problem-solving. Also in 2018, he also received the National Maritime Historical Society’s Distinguished Service Award presented by Maryland Senator Benjamin Cardin.
Under his 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.
March 18, 2020
CBF President Will Baker reflects on day three of Coronavirus-prompted remote work
September 4, 2019
Virginia recently released a strong, detailed and practical plan to reduce pollution to its portion of the Chesapeake Bay and the tidal rivers that feed it. Now, Gov. Ralph Northam and the General Assembly must turn the plan into action.
August 14, 2019
The historic federal-state partnership working to clean up the Bay’s pollution is entering the final phase of restoration.
June 4, 2019
Record breaking storms in 2018 across the Bay watershed increased polluted runoff, but the damage was not as bad as it could have been thanks to the implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint
October 27, 2018
The Trump administration is threatening to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but it’s not too late to turn things around.
August 28, 2018
It's difficult growing up a crab. Cold winters, predators, dead zones, vanishing habitat — these are just some of the threats a young crustacean faces. And now, a plan by the Trump administration to open the Atlantic seaboard to oil and gas exploration and drilling could upset the already precarious life cycle of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.
August 6, 2018
There is no doubt that the Bay was an ugly sight last week. It was a stark reminder of the damage that is caused by heavy rains.
March 28, 2018
In a February interview on KSNV-TV in Las Vegas, Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, questioned whether a warming climate might actually be a good thing.
February 26, 2018
Just this morning, more than 30 community groups, oyster growers, universities, and non-profits came together to commit to a goal of adding 10 billion water-filtering oysters to the Chesapeake Bay by 2025.
October 25, 2017
In September of 1983, the results of a seven-year EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay landed on our respective desks — one of us was the new administrator of EPA, recently appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and the other was the new president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
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