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Will Baker
Will has worked in the multifamily & student housing finance industry for over 19 years starting out in the Washington DC area, where he lived for 13 years.  Will was born in Birmingham and moved back to the area with his wife and three children, Wilson (10), Eliza (8) and Annie (6) in 2015 when he opened up a local Walker & Dunlop office.  He is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School in ‘97 and Washington & Lee University in ‘01, where he met his wife Susannah who also attended Washington & Lee University (along with his two brothers Mike & Brad). 

Will is actively involved in the Birmingham alumni chapter of W&L as well as the Birmingham Kiwanis Club and Monday Morning Quarterback Club, raising funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Will & his wife Susannah (along with Rip Andrews) started the Meals for Healthcare Heroes Program last April to raise funds from  donors to support local restaurants that could provide meals to Birmingham area hospitals during the early stages of the COVID crisis.  Will is a member of St. Luke’s Church and the Junior Board of the St. Vincent’s Foundation, which helps care for patients and their families of St. Vincent’s Hospital during their stay.  He is also a founding member of MB Listens as well as the Camp Laney Foundation, which helps underprivileged children earn scholarships for summer camp.  

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I decided to become a torchbearer because it is a very tangible way to help victims of domestic abuse and give them a chance to recover with resources and support they may not have otherwise had before.  This is a great way to make an immediate positive impact on the lives of these victims and the new shelter which these funds will help build will be a tremendous resource for these women.  Having the opportunity to give back to the community is a joy and an honor and look forward to locking arms with the other JLB Torchbearers to raise the vital funds needed to complete construction of One Place.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
It’s incredible the impact that the JLB has had in our community with almost 100 years of service.  The Junior League has improved the lives of women & children in the Birmingham area through a variety of philanthropic projects but the aid in the development of One Place stands out to me as as a critical need and an incredibly worthwhile endeavor at this particular time.  I’m inspired by the victims of domestic abuse that have been forced to make incredibly difficult life decisions about how to move away from a dangerous situation and I’m excited to be a part of this very large team effort within the JLB chain of prior torchbearers to help provide these victims with a way out.

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