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About The Baker Center

The Baker Center tackles global policy challenges and works to restore faith in our institutions.

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  • America is at a crossroads.

    Trust in our nation’s most fundamental institutions is crumbling. People have lost faith in government, media, corporations, schools, and even their houses of worship. The level of mistrust is growing and threatening to undermine our basic values. We are in the midst of a national moment.

    These challenges are often escalated by a lack of leadership, poor governance, excessive partisanship, and preconceived agendas that do not allow for new ideas, differing opinions, or varying perspectives to emerge to address common challenges, causing further public alienation. 

    In the face of extraordinary global challenges, promoting collaboration between institutions, restoring trust in them, and cultivating the next generation of leaders—could not be more critical. But no single institution can confront these challenges alone.

    “Now, more than ever, it is necessary for the institutions that make up the bedrock of our society to come together and engage in honest dialogue on our global challenges.”

    Edward Montgomery, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy

    We’re in This Together

    A major center at Georgetown within the Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance brings together stakeholders from government, business, nonprofits, academia, and faith-based institutions to tackle a global policy challenge and begin the important work of restoring faith in our institutions.

    The Baker Center serves as a conduit between society’s core institutions to promote civil dialogue and debate, spur creative thinking and imagination, and inspire a new generation of leadership.

    Our year-long exploration of a policy challenge, through programming like the Baker Fellows program, our regional events, and our spotlight series, will culminate in the annual Baker Forum, the signature event of the Baker Center.

    The Baker Forum is an annual global gathering of cross-institutional leaders, thinkers and doers designed to produce a set of industry-driven action items to tackle a policy challenge. The Baker Forum will leverage the experiences and resources of its participants to evaluate and respond to a policy challenge, identifying and executing on solutions to improve society for all.

    By activating these institutions, by raising our hand—we will move the needle on a major issue and repair some of the damage done. It is time to embrace our collective role and responsibility in effective governance. Join us.