Board Members

Greg Baker

President and CEO

Greg Baker is President and CEO of Advance Consulting Inc., a premier management consulting and professional development firm serving corporate and government clients in the U.S. and abroad. Advance Consulting specializes in the transformation of people, teams, and organizations, helping clients adapt and thrive in the turbulent and challenging global business environment. Greg is a strategic and visionary leader with demonstrated experience growing and transforming businesses across multiple industries. He shares his experience by providing executive coaching to business leaders who are themselves leading significant change and innovation.

Since 2005, Greg led the transformation of Advance Consulting from a specialized training company into a full service management consulting company serving the needs of clients undergoing major business transformation. On a daily basis, Greg directs company strategy and operations toward achieving our new mission: To partner with our clients to achieve sustainable change in how their people and businesses operate, delivering strategic growth and profitability and serving the broader evolution of the global community.

Advance Consulting’s clients represent virtually every major industry and functional area. Primary clients are typically CXOs, business unit leaders, department heads, and functional area leaders (e.g., IT, HR, Finance, Professional Services, etc.)

Greg was formerly an executive with CTB/McGraw-Hill, where he was Vice President of Programs and Business Transformation. Prior to CTB/McGraw-Hill he was a Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Throughout his career, Mr. Baker’s focus has been on growing and transforming businesses across a variety of industries.

Greg holds an MBA in Management from San Diego State University, and a BA in Psychology (Honors Program) from the University of California, San Diego. He received the SAIC Founders Award for outstanding success in business development, and placed in the Top Ten of the International Business Plan Competition hosted by college MBA programs around the world.

Taffra Mayo

Member

Ms. Mayo’s career in education spans 37 years. She has served in positions from preschool through university; and worked at all levels, including school site, district office and county office. Taffra is experienced in all phases of educational leadership, community development and school management. She is fluent in Spanish and connects deeply with the parents and school communities she works with. She was named the Association of School Administrators (ACSA) Region 10 School Administrator of the Year, Curriculum and Instruction and ACSA Region 10 Elementary School Principal of the Year for 2011-12. Taffra received the prestigious Honoring Those Who Honor Youth Award from Monterey County’s Community Partnership for Youth in October, 2012.

Taffra lead Turn Around reform efforts funded by a three year federal School Improvement Grant at Highland Elementary School in Seaside, California. Reform included establishment of Professional Learning Communities where teachers and support staff work together to continuously review multiple forms of student data and ensure students receive targeted and appropriate instruction, ongoing professional development updated instructional technology, and systems in place to assess, instruct and monitor progress of English Learners. Under Ms. Mayo’s leadership Highland’s California Academic Performance Index (API) increased 71 points and showed steady increases in students scoring proficient and advanced on district benchmarks and on the California Standards Test.

Taffra continues to work in interim administrative positions, as an educational consultant, and she assesses students for the Panetta Institute for Public Policy’s Monterey County Reads literacy program.

Alfrieda Wilkins

Secretary

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Dan Merritt

Vice Chairman

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