2014 Civic Leadership Honoree: The Honorable Rushern L. Baker, III

Rushern L. Baker, IIIPhotographed: 2013 By: Cassi HaydenSince his election as the seventh County Executive of Prince George’s County, Rushern Baker, III has worked closely with other state and regional leaders to pursue positive change, focusing on creating jobs, growing the economy, and improving public safety in the County. His focus on ensuring Prince George’s County students are afforded rigorous and supportive educational opportunities has resulted in rising test scores and higher graduation rates.

Mr. Baker started his political career in the Maryland House of Delegates. While in that role, he earned a reputation of being a consensus builder, an honest professional, and a tough, well-respected leader. An accomplished lawyer, County Executive Baker has served as legal counsel to a nonprofit community development organization and as the executive director of an education reform nonprofit. Through his leadership, knowledge and experience with nonprofit organizations, the sector is regarded as an important linchpin of his agenda to improve the quality of life for residents at the neighborhood level.