About Us

The Baker Center cultivates future leaders.

The Baker Center for Leadership & Governance is committed to cultivating future leaders, preparing them with the skills, capabilities, and adaptive mindset they will need to meet the rapidly evolving challenges of 21st century government, business and civil society.

We challenge students to grapple complex challenges and diverse perspectives, convene stakeholders, identify potential solutions, and broaden their on and off campus networks. Our programs build the design thinking, communications, cultural dexterity, collaboration and negotiation skills required of today’s leaders.

"We are at a pivotal time in history. We won't solve our problems without leadership and community. The Baker Center provides innovative approaches to get beyond the classroom to develop trust and build leaders."

Michael Bailey, Interim Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy

Our various programs include:

  • The Policy Innovation Lab, convening students, community members, local government officials and other partners to together address pressing issues at the forefront of policy discussion and debate in the Washington, DC, area. The Policy Innovation Lab is a joint venture of the Baker Center and the McCourt School.
  • The Georgetown Baker Negotiation Network, which provides students with analytical and practical skills in negotiation and dispute resolution and direct engagement to practitioners through clinics and facilitated dinner conversations. We have brought together students from across schools to discuss interagency negotiations, police-community partnerships, and bipartisan problem solving on Capitol Hill and other difficult topics.
  • Our Baker Future Fellows, who are placed with partner organizations to work on cutting-edge programs related to policy issues they have learned about in the classroom.
  • Experiential learning trips to Jakarta, Indonesia, and Radford University, that have given experience in cross-cultural exchange and learning across various communities.

Our programming is open to Georgetown graduate and undergraduate students. We strive to be at the forefront of designing innovative, interactive programs that activate and develop students’ leadership skills.

Launched in 2015, the Baker Center is housed in the McCourt School of Public Policy. We were established through a generous gift from Georgetown graduates Patricia and Jon Baker (C’64), the founder, Chairman and CEO of International Planning Group.