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Douglas Baker

Former Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Council

Doug Baker is the founder of Baker Global Advisory, an international consulting practice that provides impartial expert advice to corporations, hedge funds, entrepreneurs, and governments. In 2019, Doug founded Rushmore Strategic Advisors, a public affairs and advocacy group, to meet the needs of a growing clientele seeking a nuanced approach to their dynamic regional issues. Currently, Doug serves on the board for Persistent Sentinel, a U.S.-based software firm that integrates data on complex border security programs, and Atlas Building Technologies, a start-up in the international building supply sector that provides more affordable construction processes using advanced materials and technologies.

From 2008 to 2017, Doug was affiliated with Monument Capital Group, a private investment and advisory firm he co-founded, which focused on the global and national security sectors. Monument raised and deployed more than $60 million in multiple investments across the national security space.

Doug began his international career in the George W. Bush administration. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Commerce from 2001 through 2005, where he was a policy advisor to the Secretary and Under Secretary for International Affairs. Doug was the Commerce Department's lead on issues related to international financial and monetary affairs, trade policy, foreign market barriers, and trends affecting the domestic and foreign competitiveness for U.S. services-related businesses.

In 2005, Doug was named Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Border and Transportation Security Policy. In this position, he was responsible for developing and managing programs that impact border and transportation security, as well as evaluating technologies and establishing annual budgets. During this period, he managed the creation and implementation of the National Strategies for Aviation Security and Maritime Security, the Executive Order on Surface Transportation, and policies and programs related to developing and maintaining terrorist-related watch lists and screening procedures.

Before joining the Bush administration, Doug served as the executive director and deputy general counsel for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority between 1999 and 2001. During his tenure, the Sports Authority financed and developed more than $1B in some of the United States’ most impressive sports stadiums, including Minute Maid Park, the Houston Toyota Center, and the NRG Stadium, home to the NFL’s Houston Texans.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Doug holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from South Texas College of Law at Houston.  He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

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