CEO, PINELLAS EDUCATION FOUNDATION, LARGO
The Pinellas Education Foundation is a coalition of business and community leaders committed to building and supporting a high-quality K-12 public education system. The mission is to accelerate educational achievement for all students through the mobilization of innovation, relationships and resources. The foundation, which employs 32, serves as a catalyst for advancing better outcomes in two primary areas: Student academic achievement and preparing students for multiple pathways whether that path is college, career technical education, military or a job. The foundation focuses much of its efforts on populations of students where inequities exist in outcomes. Baier has been CEO for four years.
|EDUCATION||University of South Florida (BA), Harvard University (EdM), University of Florida (Ph.D.)|
|PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION||I was always interested in education, but I knew my strength would not be in teaching. Finding my first job at the Hillsborough Education Foundation showed me the role philanthropy could have to influence student outcomes.|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I went to the Junior Olympics in Tae Kwon Do when I was in high school.|
|ADMIRES||David Lawrence of The Children’s Movement. He could have retired from the newspaper business and led a lovely life of golf, travel and boating. But instead he dedicated himself to a social cause and as a result changed the trajectory of thousands of lives.|
|READING||White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo; The Ultimate Guide to Raising a Puppy, by Victoria Stilwell|