The John Jay Institute is pleased to welcome Douglas E. Baker, Senior Fellow at the United States Leadership Foundation, as its newest member of its Board of Governors. The appointment increases the size of the Board of Governors to eight members.


“We are excited to have Doug join the JJI board,” said Todd Williams, chairman of the board. “He has been a friend to us and to our founder since the beginning. His experience and expertise, as well as his commitment to and understanding of the JJI mission and vision, will greatly benefit our work of raising up principled public leaders.”

Doug has served on the executive staff of five Governors across two decades as well as consultation with The White House and other federal cabinet agencies. As Special Assistant to former AR Governor Mike Huckabee, he assisted the Governor in his communications office and led efforts for Gov. Huckabee’s notable economic development initiative – From Fiber Optics to Fly-fishing. Baker later served in the Office of the President and Provost of Union University and as a key leader in the corporate relations division of the United States Naval Academy Foundation.

Returning to his home state of Louisiana during the second term of Gov. Bobby Jindal, Doug led policy and communications work for tax reform, technology advancements for budgeting across eleven state agencies, and helped to advance a government efficiency project for Gov. Jindal resulting in more than $2 billion in savings over five years. His work at the US Leadership Foundation focuses on education reform and advancement for poor and at-risk students in urban and rural communities across the nation. He also serves on the staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA.

“The John Jay Institute is one of the premier academic resident fellowships in the nation,” Baker said. “I am honored to serve with the distinguished leaders in this work. It is truly one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I’ve ever encountered for young leaders.”

Doug is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.); and the Johns Hopkins University (M.A. with highest academic honors). He is a two-time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and has been recognized by Louisiana State University as an outstanding alumnus of the LSU Tiger Marching Band. His writing has appeared in many national publications and journals.

“The John Jay Institute is a hidden jewel for our nation,” Baker stated. “My hope is that through its continual expansion, more people will encounter the outstanding research and learning opportunities available to young men and women across the world.”


Doug Baker is a universally respected thought leader in an array of fields spanning from public policy to Biblical theology. His keen intellect, academic credentials, insightful wisdom and communication prowess all combine to make him an exceptional choice to join the Board of Governors at the John Jay Institute. Doug will prove to be an indispensable asset to this esteemed organization. — The Honorable Andrew Lewis, Pennsylvania House of Representatives 

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With his record of service, Doug Baker will enhance the good work that the John Jay Institute Board does. Doug is a strong leader with a wealth of experience in public policy. He is a true asset. — The Honorable John Kennedy, U.S. Senator (LA)

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Doug Baker is a brilliant, analytic intellect with a wide array of experience in the areas of policy, government, academia, and the church. He will be a tremendous asset to the John Jay Institute in both analyzing our cultural moment and in pointing us away from the ephemeral toward the Permanent Things that matter. — Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

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Doug Baker will not only bring expertise in the areas of public policy to the work of the Board at the John Jay Institute, but also rich experience from many years of service from the fields of government, education, the non-profit sector, as well as church and denominational life. The John Jay Institute Board will be blessed by Doug's keen insights and faithful service for years to come. — David S. Dockery, President, Trinity International University

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Doug Baker has been a faithful servant in church and state for his entire professional life. His educational credentials, his extensive and impressive experience and accomplishments in public life and government, and his character and wisdom, all combine to make him the perfect choice for the board of the John Jay Institute. I applaud and celebrate this appointment. — Ligon Duncan, Chancellor/CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

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Doug Baker has a unique perspective and understanding of the intersection of business, policy, ethics and faith. There have been many times I’ve relied on his insight over the years. His valuable breadth will prove an excellent fit for this appointment. — Paul Dietzel, Founder and President, Anedot