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Heather Baker

managing partner

email | @imheatherbaker

Heather Baker

Yale grad. Shoe fanatic. Curator of communications.

The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is something that Heather Baker has gotten used to. Realizing as a child that sparks of creativity came to her in images, she used her skill of visualization at various points in her life to her advantage whether it was getting ready to make a play on the college softball field, choreographing a dance routine for Yale University’s cheerleading team, and now today, leading Southwest Michigan First’s communications and branding efforts.

At Southwest Michigan First, Heather strategically aligns the Southwest Michigan First brand with its overarching mission of “the greatest force for change is a job,” serves as liaison to the organization’s Board of Directors, and gives creative direction for all print and digital materials. Her ability to turn pictures into words has proven invaluable as co-author of Community Capitalism: Lessons from Kalamazoo and Beyond, conceptual web designer and producer of a regional business television segment. As for being a wordsmith, she does love the written word and was born with Smith for her last name.

Heather serves as editor-in-chief First & 42: The Kalamazoo Region’s Digital Daily—a digital publication communicating the distinctive brand that is Southwest Michigan. And, she has worked on behalf of the organization with FOX Business News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Chemical & Engineering News, The New York Times and Forbes.

Outside of work she finds her inspiration by watching sports events on any given Sunday afternoon with her husband and children.

“You have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London

Southwest Michigan First

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