Meet Donald Baker

August 19, 2011 at 11:20 am 1 comment

With a wide range of interests and activities, Donald Baker is quite the Renaissance man. Donald grew up in the East Harlem area of New York City during the social, political and environmental turmoil of the 1960’s and, like so many of that era, developed a wide-ranging social consciousness and a taste for active participation.

With family ties in North Carolina, Donald moved to Carthage, NC to complete high school. He went to NC College as an undergraduate and received a Masters in Education from NCCU. Throughout his educational career, Donald remained socially and politically active. By 1974 He was statewide Director of Minority Business Development at the Department of Commerce. This was also the time of the first oil embargo, which prompted America’s first serious attempt at energy conservation and renewed Donald’s interest in energy efficiency, particularly at the community level.

As a teenager, Donald would listen to jazz radio stations in New York and imagine himself as the DJ. Donald naturally became involved in WNCU-FM radio station, after meeting Tyronza Richmond, who would later become Chancellor at NCCU. After many setbacks, he secured a license for WNCU-FM under the tenure of chancellor Julius Chambers and was hired as its first General Manager.

Pursuing his many interests, Donald became more active in energy conservation and, having met Executive Director Judy Kincaid in 2009, was soon actively involved with Clean Energy Durham, for which he now serves as Board Chairman. He views this role as involving the need to understand the varied motives of the many volunteers so as to help find a common ground for productive activity.  His media company, Geer Street LLC, is also a 2030 Society Founder, supporting the Durham City and County goal of a 30% reduction in county greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.

–Profile by Clean Energy Durham Volunteer Martin Eagle

2030 Society members have pledged multi-year support and recognize Clean Energy Durham as a community leader helping the city and county reach their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the year 2030.


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  • 1. Colby Blue  |  August 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    nice write up about Donald.


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