Greg Baker is President and CEO of Advance Consulting Inc., a 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. Mr. Baker 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, Mr. Baker led the transformation of Advance Consulting from a specialized training company into a management consulting and professional development company serving the needs of clients undergoing major business transformation. He directs company strategy and operations toward achieving its 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).
Mr. Baker 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). He currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Learning For Life Charter School. Throughout his career, Mr. Baker’s focus has been on growing and transforming businesses across a variety of industries.
Mr. Baker 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 is a Registered Organizational Development Consultant with the International Society for Organization Development and Change. Awards and honors include the SAIC Founders Award for outstanding success in business development, and a Top Ten ranking in the International Business Plan Competition hosted by college MBA programs around the world.
Mr. Baker is launching his career as an author with his first book, The Energy Equation: Unlocking the Hidden Power of Energy in Business.
Sam Harrison is a graduate of UCLA (BA ’63) with graduate studies for teaching credential at UCSC. Honorable discharge from US Army, 387 th Military Police Battalion. Created and taught a Cinema/Video program at Monterey Peninsula College for 14 years. Owned a motion picture production company (samfilm) for over 40 years. Wrote, directed and produced hundreds of corporate, entertainment, and educational productions literally around the world. Feature documentaries included such subjects as the 2500th anniversary of Iran, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, and a language studies film titled The World Says Welcome, which sold over 75,000 copies to high schools around the country. Corporate clients included companies such as National Semiconductor, Walt Disney, PBS, and NBC to name a few. Founding board member and past-president of the Monterey County Film Commission.
Alfrieda Wilkins has been a key board member for Learning for Life Charter School for the last 7 years, serving as Board Secretary and facilitator for Strategic Planning. In her early career, she served Southwestern Bell for 5 years in their accounting department. Then moving to Chicago, she held various management positions at the Institute of Cultural Affairs for 15 years. She joined an entrepreneurial educational company, Inward Bound Ventures, which moved to California at the start-up of California State University Monterey Bay as part of their wellness program. For the next 25 years she was Executive Partner, delivering educational wellness and quality of life trainings and seminars. Alfrieda is currently retired and lives in Marina, CA. She enjoys playing golf and recently served as Captain of the Laguna Seca Women’s Golf Club. She has a consistent meditation practice and enjoys the beautiful Central Coast’s proximity to many wonderful courses, venues for retreat and opportunities for public service.
The most recent addition to the LFLCS Board, Bruce White comes with some 35 years of experience in education, most of which were spent at North Monterey County High School where he served students as a teacher of ELD and Spanish for Spanish-speakers, as well as the Bilingual Resource Teacher, cross-country coach, and member of the leadership team. He later served students in Pajaro Valley Unified School District for two years as a middle school assistant principal, and four years as principal of a dependent charter high school before retiring from public education in 2014. In 2017 Mr. White also worked for a few months as interim assistant principal at Central Coast High School in MPUSD. He currently teaches full time at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad, while still teaching Spanish, after more than 25 years, once a week at Salinas Adult School.