JoDe Baker

JoDe combined her M.Ed. from CIE with a Master’s in Public Health from UMass Amherst and has worked in public health administration since 1997.   


Almost all of JoDe's career has been in the orbit of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Program. Twelve years have been with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At the inception of PEPFAR, she worked as the Coordinator of a CDC workforce development program to prepare professionals for international fellowships and overseas assignments.  This was followed by 5 years as an independent consultant for PATH, the International Training and Education Center for HIV/AIDS (I-TECH), and the AIDS Education and Training Center on HIV (AETC).  


She then lived in Tanzania from 2009-2012 where she worked again for CDC as an Associate Director for the Global AIDS Program.  There, she was responsible for CDC's business operations and, as contracting officer, was engaged in the construction of dozens of HIV Care and Treatment Clinics across the country.  She moved to Guatemala in 2012 where she worked for four years as the Deputy Director for Management and Operations for CDC's Central America Regional Office.   


In November 2020, JoDe will recycle back to CDC as a Deputy Director At Large for the Division of Global Health Protection, supporting international programs.


Since departing Massachusetts, she has lived in Atlanta, Seattle, Dar es Salaam, Guatemala City, and Santa Fe, NM.  She currently resides in the Washington DC area with her husband and two teenage children. [11-20]




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