Jeff Baker began his lifelong commitment to advocacy and community organizing while working with Mental Health of America. Along with a team of mental health advocates, he co-authored Houston's first attitudinal public health survey, which collected data about the accessibility and quality of the city's mental health system. Presented at the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, the findings aided in Mental Health of America successfully lobbying to meet the growing need for resources in Houston, the nation's fourth largest city.
Energized by the large-scale impact on systemic and structural barriers, Jeff continued his involvement in community organizing projects. Upon enrolling in graduate school, he developed his voice as an activist while engaging with communities in Philadelphia.
At the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Jeff launched the inaugural PennGSE Community Dialogue on Police Brutality, founded the PennGSE Social Justice Documentary Series, served on the Student Advisory Board of the Penn LGBT Center, and worked with Howard Stevenson's Racial Empowerment Collective. Jeff graduated with the Award for Excellence in Promoting Diversity & Inclusion.
Today, Jeff continues his activism through his advocacy writing and speaking engagements around the country.
Jeff Baker is available for in-person and virtual speaking engagements that address audiences and communities concerned with the following issues:
Child welfare, education justice and juvenile justice
Culture, identity, power and privilege
Mental health and suicide prevention