NAME: Charlie Baker
AGE: 57; born Nov. 13, 1956
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University, 1979. Master’s degree in management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, 1986.
CAREER: Baker worked as a communications director for the Massachusetts High Technology Council and as co-director of the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank, where he came to the attention of Republican Gov. William Weld. Baker would go on to serve as the secretary of Health and Human Services and later as the secretary of Administration and Finance for Weld and his successor, Republican Paul Cellucci. Baker left government and in 1999 became CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. From 1999 to 2003, he served on the state Board of Education. In 2004, he was elected to the Swampscott Board of Selectmen, and in 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for governor. He went on to work for the venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners.
FAMILY: Lives in Swampscott with his wife, Lauren. The couple has three children.
QUOTE: ‘‘We have plenty of (thriving communities) in Massachusetts, but we certainly don’t have that everywhere, and I think I have a lot of ideas and the capacity to solve that problem for a lot of people.’’