Honoring Will Baker

40 Years of Passionate Leadership

For more than four decades, CBF President William C. Baker has pursued but one goal: Save the Bay. At the end of 2021, this Chesapeake champion will retire from CBF's helm.

Will Baker has provided decades of incredibly consistent, passionate, and at times obnoxious pursuit of how we actually learn to respect the Chesapeake and bring it back to its finest hour.

– Gina McCarthy, former EPA Administrator and current White House National Climate Advisor

  • Tenacious in Tweed

    December 8, 2021

    CBF's now-retired Director of Fisheries Bill Goldsborough shares his reflections on outgoing CBF President Will Baker and the decades of work they accomplished together.

  • Relentless—Part 1: The Tree

    December 13, 2021

    In 1976, a young Will Baker is working as an arborist when he’s asked to help Save the Bay and joins CBF as an intern.

  • Relentless—Part 2: A Movement Rises

    December 14, 2021

    Will Baker takes the helm as CBF’s Executive Director—just in time to shape one of the most momentous periods in Chesapeake Bay restoration history.

  • Relentless—Part 3: The Bay's Moment

    December 15, 2021

    After securing the historic Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—the best, and perhaps last, chance for Bay restoration—Will Baker and CBF are still pushing.

  • After 45 Years, CBF's Baker Reflects on the Bay at a Crossroads

    December 16, 2021

    For more than four decades Will Baker has been insisting with seemingly inexhaustible enthusiasm that the Bay can be saved.

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