Prior to co-founding Monument Capital Group in 2008, Mr. Baker served as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Border and Transportation Security Policy within the Homeland Security Council (October 2005 – December 2007). Mr. Baker was responsible for developing and managing programs that impact border and transportation security; evaluating technologies and assisting with establishing annual budgets. He created and managed the implementation of the National Strategies for Aviation Security and Maritime Security, the Executive Order on Surface Transportation, and policies and programs related to the development and maintenance of terrorist related watch lists and related screening procedures.
Previously, Mr. Baker served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Commerce from 2001 through 2005. In this capacity, he served as a policy advisor to the Secretary and Under Secretary on issues related to international financial and monetary affairs managing programs that developed trade policy, identified foreign market barriers and analyzed trends affecting the domestic and foreign competitiveness for U.S. businesses.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Baker served as the chief administrative officer and Deputy General Counsel and ran the day-to-day operations for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority between 1999 and 2001. During his tenure, the Sports Authority financed and developed more than $1,000,000,000 in sports-related infrastructures. Between 1993 and 1998, Mr. Baker was associated with the law firm of Looper, Reed, Mark & McGraw in Houston, Texas. He practiced public and administrative law, as well as commercial litigation.
Mr. Baker holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law. He resides with his family in Alexandria, Virginia.