Kayla Baker has over 10 years of experience in the economic mobility and asset building space.
Kayla started her career at JPMorgan Private Bank as a Portfolio Manager, where she managed and traded over $3 billion in client assets. Kayla's experiences on Wall Street during the Great Recession refined her interests in pursuing work to ensure that the economy works for everyone; this inspired Kayla’s transition to Hope Enterprise Corporation and Hope Federal Credit Union (HOPE), a leading community development financial institution (CDFI) focused on providing financial products and services to economically distressed communities. As Executive Strategist at HOPE, Kayla worked to enhance the organization’s mission by building relationships with local and national partners and managing high-priority projects to improve customer experiences and organizational efficiency. Following her time at HOPE, Kayla transitioned to George Mason University, the largest public university in the state of Virginia, as an Internal Consultant on their New Ventures team in the Office of the Provost. There she coordinated public-private partnerships to support skills-based career pathways for nontraditional college students while balancing employer priorities and local labor market demands. Currently Kayla works at Capital Impact Partners, a national CDFI, as the DC Initiatives Manager.
Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bowdoin College and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Women of Color in Community Development (WCCD), the National Advisory Committee for Admissions for Bowdoin College, and the Advisory Board for birdSEED. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys reading books, traveling internationally, and mentoring emerging leaders.