Tara Baker is the philanthropy assistant at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is responsible for coordinating and managing special events, trainings, webinars, and workshops for the Johnson Center. Tara also assists and supports the Communications and Engagement team.
Baker joined the Johnson Center in 2007 as office coordinator. In 2009, she became the unit coordinator for the Community Research Institute, and moved to philanthropy assistant in 2012. Prior to joining the Johnson Center, Tara worked in insurance and finance for 10 years, followed by several years owning and operating two small businesses.