Jeff first became involved in mental advocacy as a Suicide Prevention Policy Intern at Mental Health America of Greater Houston, where he helped author the City of Houston's first attitudinal public health survey on the quality of municipal mental health services. The findings from this widely disseminated survey were presented at the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, during which advocates lobbied for a more accessible and equitable system of care. He later spent a year volunteering as a Crisis Chat Counselor for The Trevor Project, and then went on to work as a Crisis Intervention Counselor for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Since then, Jeff has earned a
Jeff Baker has a wide array of professional experience in the fields of child welfare, education, and mental health. Child and youth empowerment, education equity and justice, and mental health advocacy are his main professional interests. He is grateful to have been afforded opportunities to integrate these passions through his work, and over the past few years, he has embarked on personally and professionally transformative experiences.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE
EDUCATOR, & MENTAL HEALTH
Jeff's fervor for advocacy and activism grew during graduate school, as he found his voice as a leader for social change. At the University of Pennsylvania, he launched the PennGSE Social Justice Documentary Series, a semester-long project that leveraged art & storytelling to spark conversation about identity, oppression, and justice. He also founded the inaugural PennGSE Community Dialogue on Police Brutality. Upon graduating, Jeff received the Award for Excellence in Promoting Diversity & Inclusion, in honor of his dedicated service as the Diversity & Social Justice Senator for the PennGSE Student Government.
At the Harvard, Jeff was accepted into the Graduate School of Education's year-long Equity & Inclusion Fellowship, joining a cohort of visionary innovators leading educational equity and justice in K-12 schools and higher education institutions across the nation.