Rick Baker has been a Business Acquisition lawyer, a Law Firm President, a University Vice President – and he now serves as President of a St. Petersburg-based company involved in development, hotels, real estate, sports, entertainment and hospitality.

From 2001 to 2010, he served as mayor of St. Petersburg – Florida’s fourth largest city. Under Mayor Baker’s leadership St. Petersburg experienced a renaissance unmatched in city history. In 2008, Mayor Baker was named America’s Mayor/Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. In 2011, Daily Beast Editor in Chief John Avlon later named Baker “America’s greatest mayor of the decade.”

Baker was President of the Children’s Dream Fund, co-founder of the YMCA Neighbor to Neighbor program and founder of the CONA Neighborhood Leadership Program.

Baker holds a B.S., MBA, and a Juris Doctor (with honors) from Florida State University where he was Senior Class President. He studied comparative law at Oxford University. He served as legal intern to Florida Supreme Court Justice Ben Overton, and law clerk to Governor Bob Graham’s special counsel.

Baker is an adjunct fellow of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for State and Local Leadership based in New York City. He has authored two books – Mangroves to Major League in 2000, a history of St. Petersburg; and The Seamless City in 2011, about city leadership and urban revitalization.

Baker has been married to his wife, Joyce, for 31 years and they have raised two college age children, Julann and Jacob.