University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

John Baker
Senior Executive Director for Development

Photograph of John Baker John Baker has been in fund raising and nonprofit management for more than 22 years. He is a graduate of Loyola High School of Los Angeles and University of California Los Angeles, as well as receiving a two-year certificate in fundraising and nonprofit management through UCLA and a certificate in planned giving from USC. John rejoined USC Norris in 2011 to lead the $485M campaign initiative for the cancer center.

Before his return, John spent more than nine years serving as Vice President for Advancement at his alma mater, Loyola High, where he built the development operation and executed a $108 million comprehensive capital campaign, the most successful campaign at the time for any Catholic high school in the United States. John is the recipient of the President’s Award and Medallion of St. Ignatius for his efforts and leadership at Loyola High.

John also served for eight years at the University of Southern California as Associate Director of Development for the Andrus Gerontology Center and then as the Director of Development for the Norris Cancer Center. During that period, John worked on USC’s Building on Excellence Campaign, which raised more than $2.83B for the University.

John began his nonprofit career as Director of Marketing and Development for the Los Angeles County chapter of the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency.