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November 20, 2005|By TOM PELTON

William C. Baker

Occupation:

President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an Annapolis-based environmental advocacy organization with more than 116,600 members, 165 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of $17.5 million.

In the news

Last week, the foundation issued its annual report card on the health of the bay, giving it a D grade with a lower numerical score (27 out of 100) than five years ago.

Career highlights

After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., in 1976, Baker went to work as an intern at the foundation and rose to become president in 1982. He helped with successful efforts to restore rockfish to the bay by persuading Maryland to impose a moratorium on fishing the depleted species from 1984 to 1989. Under his leadership, in 1992, the foundation received the nation's highest environmental honor, the Presidential Medal for Environmental Excellence. In the late 1990s, Baker worked with former Gov. Parris N. Glendening to create the Smart Growth anti-sprawl program.

Personal

The son of a Johns Hopkins medical professor, Baker, 51, grew up in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County. He loves to surf, kayak, ski and play tennis, and he drives a Toyota Prius. For 22 years, he's been married to Mayer Baker, a writer. They have a son, Jake, 20, who is a junior at the University of Virginia; and a daughter, Alden, 17, a senior at the Bryn Mawr School.

Philosophy

"People can make a difference. ... My real career highlight will come in 2010, when the Chesapeake Bay is taken off the EPA's impaired waters list."

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