UPMC Names Scott Baker as Vice President, Government Affairs
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 2, 2012 – K. Scott Baker will join the senior staff of UPMC as vice president and chief government affairs officer on Sept. 1, 2012. Currently, Mr. Baker works in government relations for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where he represents clients primarily in the health care, energy, technology and non-profit sectors.
Mr. Baker brings more than 25 years of government relations experience to UPMC. He recently served on Governor Tom Corbett's transition team as a member of the Budget, Pensions and Revenue, and the Energy and Environment committees, and currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
Prior to his position with Buchanan, Mr. Baker was vice president of public affairs for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, working on local, state and federal economic and community development issues with member organizations.
In the late 1990s, Mr. Baker served as secretary for legislative affairs in the office of Governor Tom Ridge, a cabinet-level position, where he directed the Governor’s legislative agenda with the Pennsylvania General Assembly and U.S. Congress. As secretary, he enacted two budgets, including more than $500 million in tax cuts, workers' compensation reform, welfare reform, electric utility competition and expansion of pharmaceutical assistance for the elderly.
Prior to joining the governor, Mr. Baker was director of the Office of Congressional Affairs at the Federal Housing Finance Board in Washington, D.C., where during the banking crisis of the early 1990s, he served as senior legislative advisor to the board of directors for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Through most of the 1980s, Mr. Baker served on either the House or Senate sides of the U.S. Capitol, and was recognized as the author of the modern multibillion-dollar Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program that enables communities to use existing collateral to borrow at U.S. Treasury-equivalent rates for economic development.
Mr. Baker and his wife, Leslie Gromis-Baker, also a prominent government affairs advisor, live in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.