As the associate vice chancellor for University Advancement, John Baker provides leadership to various teams across the division: alumni relations, corporate & foundation relations, planned giving, engagement & annual programs and prospect development. John also works closely with deans, unit leaders and chief development officers in UCI’s schools and units to increase coordination and elevate cross-disciplinary philanthropy programs.
John is a strategic and dynamic professional with an impressive fundraising record and extensive organizational leadership experience. He has nearly 30 years of experience in academic and healthcare development. Most recently, John served as senior vice president for University Advancement for Loyola Marymount University. Prior to that, John was chief philanthropy officer and associate vice president for advancement at the University of Utah Health, where he designed and executed a $1 billion comprehensive campaign. Before that, John worked as senior executive director for development at USC’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital. In this role, he was a key member of the leadership team responsible for building and operationalizing a $1.5B initiative for the Keck School of Medicine of USC and was an integral part of the university wide $6 billion Campaign for USC.
John has earned his reputation as an exceptional servant-leader through his commitment to both the art and science of philanthropy. In his free, John enjoys going on outdoor and travel adventures with his wife, Carla, and daughter, Charlotte.
Associate Vice Chancellor, University Advancement