County Councilman Tom Baker was elected on November 5, 2013 to represent District 1 in Allegheny County. He previously served as a School Director in the North Hills School District. Councilman Baker serves on several committees including Economic Development and Housing, Education, Health and Human Services, and Public Safety. He represents over 100,000 residents in Aleppo, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Findlay, Glen Osborne, Glenfield, Haysville, Kilbuck, Moon, North Fayette, Ross Township, and West View on Allegheny County Council. Councilman Baker is the Chief Community Affairs Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh and President of the BBBS Pennsylvania State Association. Councilman Baker has served as a Big Brother to his BBBS little brothers, Preston (since 2002) and Eric (since 2010). He is the President of Baker Leadership and author of three books: Get Involved! Making the Most of Your 20s and 30s (released 2008) Give Our Passion (released 2010), and Empowered in Pittsburgh (released 2012). Councilman Baker is the Founder and Chief Program Officer of Get Involved!, Inc., a 501c3 public charity non-profit organization that educates and empowers young leaders through the annual Pittsburgh Service Summit, Fast Track Community Leadership program, Power Hour series, and Empowership Conference.
Since February 2008, Councilman Baker has spoken with over 50,000 students, young professionals, and community leaders at over 350 colleges, corporations, professionals associations, and civic groups across the country. Councilman Baker completed two terms as President of the Pittsburgh East Rotary Club and served as Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7300. He is also Past President of the National Speakers Association Pittsburgh, Past President of the Coro Pittsburgh Alumni Council, Past President of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, Vice Chair of the Pittsburgh Jobs Corps Center Community Relations Council, and Co-Chair of the United States Army Advisory Board. He currently serves on the boards of North Hills Community Outreach, Breathe PA, and Special Olympics of PA and previously served on the boards of Pittsburgh Cares, LifeSpan, National Student Partnerships, and the Baierl Family YMCA. Councilman Baker was Student Body President while earning his Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University and served as President of the Associates for Student Development during completion of his graduate studies in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Indiana University of PA. The Thomas Justin Baker Person of the Year Award was established in 2001 and is presented annually to a top leader on campus at Millersville. Councilman Baker was appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Professional Standards and Practices Commission in October 2012.
In 2009, he received the Distinguished Civic Leadership Award from Millersville University and in 2014 he was honored with the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the Millersville Honors and Awards Convocation. The Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce selected him as the 2011 Young Business Leader of the Year at their Monroeville ROCs event, Pittsburgh Magazine named him a “40 Under 40” honoree in 2014, and In Community Magazine named Councilman Baker as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for Ross Township. Tom was named a 2010 Jefferson Award for Public Service honoree by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, received the Public Sector Leader Award at the 2011 RISE Changemaker Awards, was one of the 2011 “Faces” of Gilda’s Club, received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award from the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, and was recognized as a 2013 Fast Tracker honoree by the Pittsburgh Business Times. Councilman Baker and his wife, Erin, live in Ross Township and they attend Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church, where Councilman Baker serves monthly as a Worship Assistant at services. Erin and Tom were honored as one of the “Couples for a Cure” in 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.