Alaska's Federal Delegation
Who's Who of University Relations
- University Relations
Michelle Rizk, Vice President of University relations
- Government Relations - Legislative engagement, public policy
Miles Baker, Associate Vice President of Government Relations
- Public Affairs - media relations, communications
Roberta Graham, Associate Vice President of Public Affairs
- Strategy & Budget - Planning and budget development
Michelle Rizk, Chief Strategy and Budget Officer
- Institutional Research - Data and performance metrics
Gwen Gruenig, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Analysis
- UA Foundation - Development and fundraising
Susan Foley, President University of Alaska Foundation
Megan Riebe, AVP Development, UA System & Executive Director, UA Foundation
About the AVP Government Relations Miles Baker
Miles Baker works on behalf of the university with the legislature, the governor, and state and federal agencies. Baker advises the president, Board of Regents, and university executives on political issues and strategies essential to successfully move the university’s legislative priorities.
Through the Capitol Report, during session he provides regular updates to the university community regarding legislative activities, the university budget approval process, and legislation affecting the university and its constituents.
Baker has extensive experience with a wide range of skills, from communications, public relations, finance and marketing, to extensive government relations, legislative strategy and advocacy experience, and has deep ties to Alaska with contacts throughout the state. He previously worked for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) as vice president of external affairs and government relations. He was chief of staff for Senator Bert Stedman, where he gained progressive responsibility as senior legislative aide and principal policy advisor. He was responsible for legislative drafting, political strategy and communications with legislators, staff, industry coalitions, business leaders and political subdivisions around the state. As staff for the co-chairman of the Alaska Senate Finance Committee he was responsible for providing strategic counsel to senate leadership on revenue and finance issues.
Baker worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski first as an economic and legislative policy advisor in Washington, D.C. and then as her state director in Anchorage. As part of Sen. Murkowski’s leadership team, Baker supervised the statewide operations and the activities in six regional offices. He represented the Senator in an official capacity, traveling throughout the state, engaging Alaskans, and speaking on her behalf. It was his job to identify political and policy issues of concern and implement strategies for resolution.
Prior to beginning his political profession, Baker attended the United States Naval Academy and served as Captain in the United States Marine Corps, chief-of-staff for 180-person logistics support operation. He served with two separate rapid-response units in Okinawa, Japan and provided logistics support for large multi-national training exercises throughout Asia Pacific. Following his military service, he worked in media and marketing in the private business sector for over a decade before returning to Alaska. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.
Associate Vice President of Government Relations