Councilman Tom Baker was elected on November 5, 2013 to represent District 1 in
Allegheny County. He previously served as a School Director in the North Hills
School District. Councilman Baker serves on several committees including
Economic Development and Housing, Education, Health and Human Services, and
Public Safety. He represents over 100,000 residents in Aleppo, Ben Avon, Ben
Avon Heights, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Findlay, Glen Osborne, Glenfield,
Haysville, Kilbuck, Moon, North Fayette, Ross Township, and West View on Allegheny
County Council. Councilman Baker is the
Chief Community Affairs Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater
Pittsburgh and President of the BBBS Pennsylvania State Association. Councilman
Baker has served as a Big Brother to his BBBS little brothers, Preston (since
2002) and Eric (since 2010). He is the
President of Baker Leadership and author of three books: Get Involved! Making the Most of Your 20s and 30s (released 2008) Give Our Passion (released 2010), and Empowered in Pittsburgh (released 2012).
Councilman Baker is the Founder and Chief Program Officer of Get Involved!,
Inc., a 501c3 public charity non-profit organization that educates and empowers
young leaders through the annual Pittsburgh Service Summit, Fast Track
Community Leadership program, Power Hour series, and Empowership Conference.
Since February 2008, Councilman Baker has spoken with over 50,000 students,
young professionals, and community leaders at over 350 colleges, corporations,
professionals associations, and civic groups across the country.
Baker completed two terms as President of the Pittsburgh East Rotary Club and
served as Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7300. He is also Past
President of the National Speakers Association Pittsburgh, Past President of
the Coro Pittsburgh Alumni Council, Past President of the Pittsburgh Urban
Magnet Project, Vice Chair of the Pittsburgh Jobs Corps Center Community
Relations Council, and Co-Chair of the United States Army Advisory Board. He currently
serves on the boards of North Hills Community Outreach, Breathe PA, and Special
Olympics of PA and previously served on the boards of Pittsburgh Cares,
National Student Partnerships, and the Baierl Family YMCA. Councilman Baker was
Student Body President while earning his Bachelors degree in Elementary
Education from Millersville University and served as President of the
Associates for Student Development during his graduate studies in Student
Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of PA. The Thomas Justin
Baker Person of the Year Award was established in 2001 and is presented
annually to a top leader on campus at Millersville.
Councilman Baker has received several honors for his service and leadership. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Civic Leadership Award from Millersville University and in 2014 he was honored with the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the Millersville Honors and Awards Convocation. The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce selected him as the 2011 Young Business Leader of the Year at their Monroeville ROCs event, Pittsburgh Magazine named him a “40 Under 40” honoree in 2014, and In Community Magazine named Councilman Baker as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for Ross Township. Tom was named a 2010 Jefferson Award for Public Service honoree by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, received the Public Sector Leader Award at the 2011 RISE Changemaker Awards, was one of the 2011 “Faces” of Gilda’s Club, and was recognized as a 2013 Fast Tracker honoree by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Councilman Baker and his wife, Erin, live in Ross Township and they attend Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church, where Councilman Baker serves monthly as a Worship Assistant at services. Erin and Tom were honored as one of the "Couples for a Cure" in 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Email Tom at email@example.com