Thirty years senior management experience and successful business ownership. In addition to corporate , health policy and nonprofit organizational development and human resource experience, each position held was created by C-level leadership for her and reported directly to C-level and board of directors. Successful nonprofit expertise and funder relationships, having served as executive director, board chair, corporate funder and foundation executive director, civic volunteer, trainer, staff, nonprofit consultant and facilitator.
Janet Baker enjoys positive working relationships with business, healthcare, nonprofit, education and government leaders from grass roots, neighborhoods to Health and Human Services policy makers, both regionally and nationally.
Janet Baker has breadth and depth in all aspects of health policy and administration, community health, integrative and collaborative health business models. Particular expertise in issues of obesity, health disparities, start up nonprofit health initiatives.
Founding Executive Director of Journey into Wellness, American Society of Lymphology, and Founding Director of Integrative Health - UMKC School of Medicine
Janet Baker staffed the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Health Council of 50 metropolitan C-level health executives developing regional health policy, health information technology and workforce wellness programs
From her experience with medically undereserved communities, Janet created the Center for Healthy Living at Thornberry – a collaborative partnership with The Center for the City at UMKC, the City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department, the Boys and Girls Club, Genesis Alternative High School, Children’s Mercy Hospital and the Healthy Homes Network to provide a medical home and improve health conditions for urban core residents affected by behavioral and/or environmental factors. The center was located at the joint location for the Boys and Girls Club and Genesis Alternative School (300 under-insured or uninsured children daily).
As Director of Obesity Programs - University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine - Janet organized and facilitated the UMKC Community Collaboration to Reduce Obesity in Kansas City where 110+ institutional partners worked to develop collaborative plans in four strategic foci:
Healthy Lifestyles (Physical Activity, Nutrition Education, Behavior Change)
Medical Management (Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Clinical Research)
Built Environment (Land Use, Parks, Transportation Policy);
Commercial /Institutional Food Policy (School lunches, corporate cafeterias, food deserts and food access).
The collaboration has continued to expand and evolve over 10 years, first as Mother and Child Health Coalition - Weighing In Children’s Obesity program, KC Healthy Kids, and now as the Food Policy Coalition developing a community-wide food system for equitable healthy foods and lifestyles.
She is also experienced at conducting assessments and writing plans for health care accreditation: DHHS Center of Excellence; NCQA; JCAHO, NAYEC.
Janet Baker serves a unique role with her successful nonprofit expertise and funder relationships, having served as executive director, board chair, corporate funder and foundation executive director, civic volunteer, trainer, nonprofit consultant and facilitator.
She has facilitated tenuous collaborations both at the systemic and grass roots levels on complex community issues.
She is an experienced executive director, both full time and interim. She often serves as contract Executive Director to stabilize organizations and assist with executive search processes. She was the founding director of Kansas City, Missouri’s workforce development agency (WIA) (Full Employment Council).
Baker also provided contracted executive director services to numerous organizations, including:
Oregon Optometric Physicians Association
Journey into Wellness
American Society for Lymphology
Chitari Collaborative Health Foundation
US Green Building Council
Her sustainability work includes best practices in policy level and community engagement processes in overflow control/long term control plans, facilitating the KCMO Climate Protection Plan.
She recently completed a contract as first paid Executive Director of the regional US Green Building Council - Central Plains chapter.
Janet co-created 'Conversations on the Environment', a sponsored national thought provoking speaker series in KCMO drawing national media attention to sustainability issues, and thousands to audiences for environmental speakers such as Ray Anderson, Majora Carter, Hunter Lovins, Richard Louv, etc.
"Janet Baker is among many talented professionals with whom I have worked on a variety of initiatives to improve the health and vitality of our community. She embodies the tiple bottom line philosophy in everything she does, whether or not it is specifically a sustainability project. She simply believes in leaving the world a better place, and in the capacity of community to build both hard infrastructure and human systems to support a sustainable future. I have worked with Janet on numerous projects in Kansas City. She is an adept facilitator, a bridge builder, knowledgeable about the field of sustainable building design and green living. I would, and have, welcomed Janet onto my team for various projects, including the design and feasibility study for a world-class sustainability center in the urban core of Kansas City that she was instrumental in envisioning, incorporating research and development, academic programming, green jobs, community learning center, STEM programming for urban core youth and more."
-Bob Berkebile, Principal BNIM Architects, Founding Chairman AIA/COTE, Co-founder USGBC LEED system, Heinz Award among countless others
Consulting and Facilitation
Janet has held executive policy, federal relations, strategic planning, marketing and external relations roles with national corporations in business, academia, health and human services, nonprofits, and has served on more than 20 boards of directors and mayoral commissions under two mayors on self-sufficiency.
Collaborative process design and facilitation with measurable results is a recognized strength.
She is an experienced government contractor, having co-written the contract proposal and served as Coordinator for all activities under a $600,000 US Dept of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health contract, including designing and facilitating work processes for Quality of Care, Women's Leadership, Community Outreach, Research and other committees. As the federal coordinator, she wrote and submitted quarterly federal monitoring reports, as well as operated at the policy level.