Kendall Baker, District VI
Kendall Baker was elected to serve the Board of Education in December of 2021. He is a native Houstonian who grew up in Fontaine Place in northeast Houston. He graduated from Forest Brook High School. Baker later attended Houston Community College and the College of Biblical Studies, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, along with a master’s degree and doctorate of divinity from seminary school. Upon graduating from high school, Baker began employment with the city of Houston. During his tenure with the city, he was promoted to numerous positions in several departments including Public Works and Engineering, General Services 911 Emergency Network, and the Office of the Mayor, and was ultimately promoted to division manager of the Department of Administration and Regulatory Affairs 311 Help and Information Center. In addition to having oversight of large contact-center operations, processing tens of thousands of emergency and non-emergency inquiries from citizens, Baker was responsible for attending super neighborhood council, Houston Police Department Positive Interaction Program, and civic and homeowner association meetings all around the city to promote new programs and technology as well as dialogue with citizens and provide timely resolutions. Baker officially retired from the city of Houston in 2015 after 29 years of public service.
Baker is a 25-plus year member of the Houston Ministers Against Crime. This volunteer organization helps many entities including the Houston Independent School District, assisting the administration, parents, and students in crime prevention on school campuses and around the city. Baker previously assisted HISD’s south area superintendent with community issues. He formerly served as director of field operations for the Houston Area Pastor Council and chairman of the newly formed Houston Police and Clergy Alliance.
Throughout his life and because of his passion to serve, Baker has always considered himself to be a champion for the voices of the people, both in ministry and public service, thereby validating his calling to be a “servant leader.” While working for the city, Baker simultaneously pursued his call to ministry. Baker is an ordained minister and the founding pastor of a local church. In addition to his ministry in Houston and around the country, Baker also ministers around the world in countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and the United Kingdom. Along with ministry and business, Baker deeply cares about his community, including the education of youth and maintaining fiscal integrity of taxpayer dollars. He desires to usher HISD to higher academic achievement across all socioeconomic demographics. Baker is the proud father of one daughter.