Chris Baker of Hilliard has been promoted to executive director of Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, a 501 (c) nonprofit, public charitable organization. Established in 1985, the foundation strives for measurable agricultural community improvement in Ohio by supporting projects that focus on agricultural education, the environment and economic growth in rural, suburban and urban areas.
In his position, Baker is leading the Strong Foundation campaign, which has a goal of building a stronger Ohio by supporting local programs, funding scholarships and driving economic development. Baker joined Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in 2015 as its director of development and has been interim executive director since April.
Previously, Baker worked as director of development and marketing for RiteCare of Washington in Seattle and in various executive roles with Boy Scouts of America. He is a 2003 graduate of Wittenberg University with a bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies. He also is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He grew up on a farm in Miami County, and he and his wife have two children.
The foundation’s board consists of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation board members and staff as well as representatives from the agricultural industry and the public. The foundation recently launched the Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning and has several scholarship endowments that include the Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund, Darwin Bryan Scholarship Program, Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program, Foundation Scholar Award, Dr. Jack Judy Scholarship and Ralph Grimshaw Scholarship.