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.

"The new Baker Trust will bring applied learning from the margins to the center of the educational experience. It will serve as an integrative force, helping to drive change by working across boundaries to enhance the student learning experience equitably, so that it is the new norm for every Georgetown student."

Randall Bass, Vice Provost for Education, Georgetown University

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.

In February 2019, the university announced the establishment of the Baker Trust for Transformational Learning, made possible by the generosity and vision of Georgetown graduates Patricia and Jon Baker (C’64). The Baker Trust will create a new paradigm of learning in which the development of the mindsets and capacities to navigate the complexities of the 21st century are at the heart of every student’s education at Georgetown. The Baker Center will become part of the Baker Trust in 2019.