has announced a $10 million gift from Patricia and Jon M. Baker to establish the at the .
The new center aims to shape innovative policy solutions by providing an environment in which to practice and observe intelligent, good-faith discourse on important global policy issues. Housed at the planned Institute of Politics and Public Service, the center will host the Baker Forum, an annual gathering of government, business, nonprofit, and academic leaders from across the globe interested in exploring complex policy issues.
Jon M. Baker is the founder, chair, and CEO of , a global life insurance broker. A 1964 alumnus of Georgetown, Baker is a former member of the Georgetown board of regents and a 1991 recipient of the , the highest university honor bestowed on alumni.
"We are deeply grateful to Pat and Jon Baker for their generosity — and their vision for this exciting new center," said Georgetown president John J. DeGioia. "With its focus on leadership and government, discourse and policy, we believe the Baker Center…can have a distinct and deeply needed impact on some of the most pressing and significant problems facing our world today."