Up Close With Jennifer Baker

Current job: President, Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC).

Proudest professional moment: Earning a 96% trust rating among my team and stakeholders at the Small Business Association, while we worked to triple the size of our local lending portfolio.

First job: Coaching youth basketball at Paradise Parks & Rec.

Fun fact: I’ve visited all of the continents except Antarctica — closest to Antarctica I’ve come was visiting Isla Magdalena in the Strait of Magellan, 52 degrees South.

Favorite spot on a Saturday night: Dinner for two, somewhere delicious!

Favorite book: “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole.

Favorite movie: As a kid, “Harry and the Hendersons;” more recently, “Wonder Woman” — for the message of woman as superhero and love saving the world.

Music of choice: The kind that makes me want to dance.

Favorite place to eat: Chez moi. Though, I’ve never met a tortilla chip I didn’t like, and Provecho and Little Conejo make delicious chips. Yummy, I want to crunch on some right now.

Motto/Inspirational quote: “If it’s still in your mind, it’s worth taking the risk.” -Paulo Coelho

Joanna Yorke-Payne
Joanna Yorke is the managing editor of the Vancouver Business Journal. She has worked in the journalism field since 2010 after graduating from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. Yorke worked at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground for six years and then worked at and helped start ClarkCountyToday.com.

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