James A. Baker III

Founder at Rice University - James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

James A. Baker III

James A. Baker III

Founder at Rice University - James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Overview
Career Highlights

United States Department of Commerce
Rice University - James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

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Primary Location

Houston, TX, United States

Number of Boards

22

Birthday

04/30/1930 - Houston, TX, United States

Age

90

Number of Awards

9

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Co-Founder at Albright Capital Management LLC

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Founder at America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth

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Former Vice Chairman, Finance & Administration at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Director at NRG Energy, Inc.

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Counselor at Center for Strategic & International Studies, Inc.

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Executive Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

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Senior Fellow at Harvard University - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

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Former Vice Chairman & Executive Vice President at The Charles Schwab Corp.

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Managing Partner at Djerejian Global Consultancies LLP

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Treasurer at Louisiana State University Foundation

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The National Alliance to End Homelessness provides housing facility to homeless. It offers housing first, rapid re-housing, ten essentials, community plan, prevention and diversion solutions. The company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Education
J.D. with Honors
Class of 1957

The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883. The Law School started with two professors and fifty-two students in the basement of the University's Old Main Building. The Law School has since grown to more than 1,200 students and offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and the Master of Laws (LLM). The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.

Graduate
Class of 1952

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

Attendee

The Hill School prepares students from across the United States and around the world for excellence in school, college, careers, and life. The Hill School combines a challenging liberal arts curriculum with clear moral direction and leadership training in a structured residential community. Dedicated to the development of the minds, bodies, and souls of all Hill students, the School professes not only to describe the world in which they live but also to prescribe the best ways to live. The Hill School's rigorous curriculum is founded firmly on the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions that value refinement of thought and fortification of character to liberate and charge the individual with responsibility to the common good. The Hill School is committed to inculcating those fundamental traditions while developing the practical skills and core knowledge on which further learning must be based, then to leading students to a global perspective on the world and their places in it.

Career History
Founder
1993 - Current

Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. The institute ranks 9th among university-affiliated think tanks worldwide, 18th among U.S. think tanks and fourth among energy resource think tanks, according to a 2014 study by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. As an integral part of Rice University, one of the nation's most distinguished institutions of higher education, the Baker Institute has a strong track record of achievement based on the work of its endowed fellows, Rice faculty scholars and staff. Located in Houston, Texas, the nation's fourth-largest city and the energy capital of the United States, as well as a dynamic international business and cultural center, the Baker Institute brings a unique perspective to some of the most important public policy challenges of our time. Key research programs include energy, health, conflict resolution, science and technology, tax and expenditure policy, and Latin America and China studies. The institute collaborates with experts from academia, government, the media, business, and nongovernmental and private organizations. In conjunction with its more than 20 programs, the institute attracts many domestic and foreign leaders who provide their views and insights on major issues. Speakers have included U.S. presidents and cabinet members, world leaders and heads of government, and numerous foreign dignitaries from around the globe. To educate and engage the next generation of leaders, many Baker Institute fellows and scholars teach public policy classes. The institute also offers Rice undergraduates a public policy course, as well as the opportunity to apply for competitive internships in Houston, Washington, D.C., and overseas. Graduate students frequently assist fellows and scholars with their research.

Partner
Current

Baker Botts LLP provides legal services to regional, national and international clients. Its clients include Halliburton, Centerpoint Energy, and ExxonMobil. The firm has offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Riyadh, and Washington. The company was founded in 1840 and is located in Houston, Texas.

Special Presidential Envoy
2003

The Executive Office of the President (EOPOTUS or EOP) consists of the immediate staff of the current President of the United States and multiple levels of support staff reporting to the President.

Boards & Committees
Director
Current

King Ranch, Inc. engages in ranching and farming operations. It also provides operations to cattle and horse breeding, cultivation of rangeland grasses for livestock, as well as common and specialty turf grasses, cultivation of crops, including cotton, milo, sod, citrus fruits, sugar cane, and vegetables. The company was founded in 1853 and is headquartered Houston, TX.

Co-Chair, Commission on Federal Election Reform
2005 - 2005
Director
1996 - Prior

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the business of power generation and distribution. It operates through the following segments: Houston Electric Transmission & Distribution (T&D); Indiana Electric Integrated; Natural Gas Distribution; Energy Services; Infrastructure Services; Midstream Investments; and Corporate and Other. The Electric T&D segment offers electric transmission and distribution services. The Indiana Electric Integrated segment includes energy delivery services to electric customers and electric generation assets to serve electric customers and optimize those assets in the wholesale power market. The Natural Gas Distribution segment provides regulated natural gas distribution services. The Energy Services segment offers non-rate regulated natural gas sales to, and transportation and storage services, for commercial and industrial customers. The Infrastructure Services segment focuses on underground pipeline construction and repair services. The Midstream Investments segment consist of the equity method investment in Enable. The Other Operations segment comprises office buildings and other real estate used for business operations and home repair protection plans. The company was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Member of the Advisory Board
Current

Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. The institute ranks 9th among university-affiliated think tanks worldwide, 18th among U.S. think tanks and fourth among energy resource think tanks, according to a 2014 study by the University of Pennsylvania's Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. As an integral part of Rice University, one of the nation's most distinguished institutions of higher education, the Baker Institute has a strong track record of achievement based on the work of its endowed fellows, Rice faculty scholars and staff. Located in Houston, Texas, the nation's fourth-largest city and the energy capital of the United States, as well as a dynamic international business and cultural center, the Baker Institute brings a unique perspective to some of the most important public policy challenges of our time. Key research programs include energy, health, conflict resolution, science and technology, tax and expenditure policy, and Latin America and China studies. The institute collaborates with experts from academia, government, the media, business, and nongovernmental and private organizations. In conjunction with its more than 20 programs, the institute attracts many domestic and foreign leaders who provide their views and insights on major issues. Speakers have included U.S. presidents and cabinet members, world leaders and heads of government, and numerous foreign dignitaries from around the globe. To educate and engage the next generation of leaders, many Baker Institute fellows and scholars teach public policy classes. The institute also offers Rice undergraduates a public policy course, as well as the opportunity to apply for competitive internships in Houston, Washington, D.C., and overseas. Graduate students frequently assist fellows and scholars with their research.

Member, National Advisory Council
Current

Texas Heart Institute provides an avenue for exchange of ideas relating to the clinical and research activities. It provide an avenue for exchange of ideas relating to the clinical and research activities among the present and former Cardiology fellows, trainees, and teaching staff of the Texas Heart Institute. The company was founded by Denton A. Cooley in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Co-Chair, Iraq Study Group
2006 - 2006

US Institute of Peace USIP is the independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. USIP works to save lives, increase the government's ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance our national security. USIP works to reduce the costs and risks for American military and civilians deployed to conflict areas abroad by training them to peacefully mitigate and manage conflicts. Our work helps to create safe and stable environments for people living and Americans working in these regions. In Iraq, the tribal reconciliation USIP mediated in Mahmoudiya served as the model for the U.S. reconciliation strategy that dramatically reduced American military and Iraqi civilian casualties, as reported by TIME magazine. “Over the next six months Iraqi civilian deaths in the area fell 75 percent—from 1,200 per month to 300 per month; while US military deaths fell from a dozen per month to zero.” (TIME, 19 October 2007) USIP played a leading role in preventing electoral violence in South Sudan and continues to help keep the Sudan Peace Accord on track. USIP has been working with tribal chiefs, state judges, police and other stakeholders to improve cooperation and to develop an integrated approach to the rule of law, so that South Sudan can move beyond its history of violence. | The Two Sudans Since 2002, USIP has analyzed Afghanistan’s justice systems and recommended methods to strengthen the rule of law. USIP is helping to bridge the gap between informal and formal justice sectors and thereby prevent village and district-level disputes from spiraling out of control.

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2014

EURASIA FOUNDATION BELIEVES SOCIETIES FUNCTION BEST WHEN PEOPLE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN CIVIC AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THROUGH COOPERATION BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT, OUR PROGRAMS EQUIP CITIZENS TO DEFINE AND ACHIEVE OUTCOMES OF ENDURING (CONTINUED ON SCHEDULE O)

$500 - $999
2013

EURASIA FOUNDATION BELIEVES SOCIETIES FUNCTION BEST WHEN PEOPLE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN CIVIC AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THROUGH COOPERATION BASED ON MUTUAL RESPECT, OUR PROGRAMS EQUIP CITIZENS TO DEFINE AND ACHIEVE OUTCOMES OF ENDURING (CONTINUED ON SCHEDULE O)

$1,000 - $4,999
2013

Texas Heart Institute provides an avenue for exchange of ideas relating to the clinical and research activities. It provide an avenue for exchange of ideas relating to the clinical and research activities among the present and former Cardiology fellows, trainees, and teaching staff of the Texas Heart Institute. The company was founded by Denton A. Cooley in 1989 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

Political Donations
$2,000
2014

Senior Vice President-American Intercontinental University at Perdoceo Education Corp.

$2,500
2012

Senior Vice President-American Intercontinental University at Perdoceo Education Corp.

$2,500
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

Advisors
Legal Advisor

Partner at Williams & Connolly LLP

Awards & Honors
2012
Harvard University - Great Negotiator of the Year
2007
Eisenhower Leadership Award
1991
Government of the United States of America - Presidential Medal of Freedom
Creative Works
Author
2006

Work Hard, Study . . . and Keep Out of Politics!

Author

The Politics of Diplomacy

Events
Speaker
Aspen, CO, United States
2009 Aspen Ideas Festival

Aspen Ideas Festival, presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, continues to broaden its reach and engage with more people than ever before on ideas that matter. A major focus throughout the Festival, which opens today, is increasing live and on-demand video opportunities for online viewers around the world.

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