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Maxine Beatrice Baker

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
You've Been Paid For.

Birthplace

Born:
2/29/1952
Birth Location:
Homestead, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
You've Been Paid For.

Birthplace

Born:
2/29/1952
Birth Location:
Homestead
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Biography

Foundation chief executive Maxine Beatrice Baker was born on February 29, 1952 in Homestead, Pennsylvania. Her paternal great-grandfather, Cumberland Posey, was the first African American engineer and boat builder in Pennsylvania. Her paternal great-uncle, Cumberland Posey, Jr., played for and eventually owned the Homestead Grays baseball team. Raised in Washington, D.C. by her mother and maternal grandmother, Baker attended Washington, D.C public schools and graduated from Western High School in 1969.

Attending Emerson College in Boston on a National Merit scholarship, Baker earned her B.S. degree in speech communications in 1973. After spending several years in the aviation industry, Baker joined the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) in 1982 as a budget administrator. She quickly moved through the management ranks at Freddie Mac, serving in various leadership positions including vice president of administration & corporate properties and vice president of human resources. While working as vice president of industry & trade relations, Baker expanded minority business development programs and minority recruitment. In 1997, Baker was named vice president of community relations and president and chief executive officer of the Freddie Mac Foundation, one of the nation's largest corporate philanthropy programs. Under her leadership, the Foundation’s net assets grew from $22 million in 1997 to $235 million in 2003.

Active in many organizations including the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the Washington Regional Area Grantmakers, the Metropolitan Washington Boys and Girls Club and Voices for America's Children, Baker has received many awards for her civic leadership.

Baker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 1, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Maxine Beatrice Baker lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her father and her parents' meeting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her mother's work and family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers childhood rituals
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her great-uncle, Cumberland Willis Posey, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maxine Beatrice Baker recalls her maternal grandparents' dry cleaning shop
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes a typical day in her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers her childhood birthday parties
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers holidays in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers holidays in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers growing up in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her elementary schools in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maxine Beatrice Baker recalls attending Berean Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers her junior high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers her experience at Jefferson Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers feelings of privilege
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her time at Western High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her decision to attend Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers being on the homecoming court at Western High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers changing her name at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maxine Beatrice Baker recalls her time at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her jobs after college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maxine Beatrice Baker recalls her initial impressions of Freddie Mac
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maxine Beatrice Baker remembers adopting her daughters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes being a working mother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her work with Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her work with 'Wednesday's Child'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes changes at Freddie Mac
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maxine Beatrice Baker talks about philanthropy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her experience with breast cancer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Maxine Beatrice Baker reflects upon being a role model
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Maxine Beatrice Baker reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Maxine Beatrice Baker describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Maxine Beatrice Baker reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Maxine Beatrice Baker reflects upon her legacy and how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maxine Beatrice Baker narrates her photographs