Mary Angela Baker, director of the Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning at Salisbury University, has been appointed to the AARP Maryland Executive Council, a select group of AARP members whose leadership, record of service, and commitment to the goals of the Association are exemplary.

In her role on the volunteer board, Baker will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as a principal volunteer spokesperson for AARP in Maryland. “Mary Angela is going to be a fantastic addition to our executive council,” said AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg. “With her experience, leadership qualities and deep passion, she will be a powerful advocate for the Eastern Shore’s 50 plus community.”

Baker has an extensive career in professional development, continuing education, outreach and community engagement. As the founding director of extended and lifelong learning at Salisbury, she is responsible for creating educational programs for learners of all ages. Her latest initiatives include “Transformational Community Leadership” for young professionals, the Lighthouse Literary Guild for adult writers of all skill levels, and Girls Innovation Academy, a summer technology and leadership camp for middle school girls.

Baker recently moved to Maryland from Minneapolis-St. Paul, where she was active in AARP Minnesota and its Life Reimagined program. She is newly appointed to the board of the Maryland Capital Enterprises’ Women’s Business Center in Salisbury and serves on the board of the international nonprofit, Consortium for Women in Public Service. With husband, Jack, and border collie, Mesa she spends her free time at the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore. She received her BS in business administration from the University of Minnesota and MA in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

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