Kate Baker, 29, is director of development at the Wayne State University Press
and a Ferndale city
councilwoman. Kate is active in many community and civic organizations, including the Ferndale Planning Commission, Ferndale Downtown Development Authority, FernCare Free Clinic, Ferndale Education Foundation, Fusion, the Detroit Area Art Deco Society and the Millennial Mayors Congress. Kate is the youngest elected official in Ferndale's history and was named to Crain's Detroit Business "20 in Their 20's"
in 2008 and a Smith College Alumni Association "Alumnae on our Radar"
in Spring 2009.
Kate graduated from Ferndale High School in 1998 and from Smith College
in 2002 with a BA in Government and Urban Studies. She will complete the coursework for her Master of Urban Planning in Economic Development at Wayne State University
this spring, and welcomes topic ideas for her master’s thesis.
A vocal advocate for her city and her region, Kate found her passion for volunteering early in life – a passion that has developed into a career in arts and culture fundraising and an eye toward a career in politics and community development.
This is Kate's first attempt at blogging, which will revolve around central themes that she feels will help Ferndale and metro Detroit grow and prosper – Potential, Opportunity, History, Culture and Community.