Greg Baker

Executive Director

email: gbaker@blanchethouse.org
phone: 503-241-4340 x102

Greg is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and a Vietnam veteran who served in the Air Force strategic air command. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Rockhurst University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Greg served as City Manager for the City of Damascus, was the President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and assistant city manager for the City of Kansas City. He has also served as president and CEO of LeadTeam LLC, a start-up leadership and marketing consulting firm and was vice president of Community Leadership with Missouri Gas Energy.

As the founding executive director of Kansas City’s Minority Supplier Council, he worked to connect more than 125 corporations and 185 minority run firms. Baker was the manager of community and international development with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and worked as a Labor Relations/Equal Opportunity Officer in the Dept. of Human Services in Washington, D.C.

His past board memberships include the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Kansas City Consensus, Metropolitan Energy Center, Truman Medical Center, Alvin Ailey, Citizens Association, Project Equality, Metropolitan Community Colleges, Leukemia Society and Junior Achievement, Children Center of Clackamas County, Damascus Kiwanis Club.

Known for his commitment to making a positive difference within the Kansas City community, Baker has received numerous awards including the Center of Creative Leadership Award (1992), National Eagles Award for Outstanding Leadership (1994) and the Junior Achievement Up & Comers Award and The Kansas City Globe’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in Kansas City (1994). In addition, as the lead singer of Bake and the Tenderhearts, he won an Emmy Award for Vocals in the KCPT documentary, Remember Me K. In 2013 Greg was recognized by the Interfaith Peace Initiative Golden Rule International Award for service in promoting peace throughout his work and service.

Baker and his wife, Janet, have been married for 28 years and have five children and five grandchildren.