About Steve

Steven William Baker believes that effective local government is a constructive part of a thriving community. First elected to Berkley City Council in 2009, he has demonstrated that prudent decisions, wise investments, and collaborative relationships position our community for long-term success.

Professionally, he leads the IT strategy and innovation agenda for DTE Energy. He plays a key role in corporate and technology governance, policy and procedure oversight, and applied innovation. Steve meaningfully leverages his twenty-plus years of professional experience to serve the needs of Berkley residents and businesses with integrity and respect.

Steve has been active in the following organizations:
  • Council Liaison, Berkley Downtown Development Authority (DDA)
  • Council Liaison, Berkley Historical Committee
  • Board of Trustees, Michigan Municipal League (MML)
  • Board of Trustees, MML Elected Officials Academy (EOA)
  • Board of Directors, FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
  • Voting Member, Woodward Ave. Transit Analysis Steering Committee
  • Energy and Technology Committee, Michigan Municipal League
  • Legislative Governance Committee, Michigan Municipal League
  • Project Management Institute
  • International Association of Facilitators
  • Supporter of the Friends of the Berkley Public Library, the Friends of Berkley Parks and Recreation, and the Berkley Junior Womens Club, among others
  • Steve earned his B.S., Computer Science, and M.S., Software Engineering, from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He is an active Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Computing Professional (CCP), and also a Six-Sigma Black Belt candidate.
He designs and leads strategic planning sessions, mediation and conflict resolution events, and continuous improvement workshops. His papers on process improvement are published by IEEE Press, Cutter Consortium, and Wiley Books among others, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences. He is a long-time and active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Association of Facilitators.

For many years, Steve actively volunteered as Secretary of the Berkley Historical Committee, where he helped the Berkley community rediscover and preserve its past, celebrate and promote the present, and prepare for an even brighter future.

Steve, 47, was born and raised here in Oakland County, Michigan. He and his wife Nicole have lived in Berkley for going on twenty years. They enjoy spending time with family and neighbors and playing with their two precocious dogs.
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