Teri Baker has worked in special events for the past nine years and is the Program and Event Coordinator for the Indianapolis Prize, the world's leading award for animal conservation, at the Indianapolis Zoo. Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Teri is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego. Before moving to Indianapolis in 2015, Teri worked as an Event Project Coordinator for a nationally certified public accounting and consulting firm.
As a new resident of Indianapolis Teri strove to find her place in the community. With a love for farm-to-table restaurants and a passion for cooking, she joined the local food movement and currently serves on the board of Slow Food Indy. Dedicated to leading an all-encompassing healthy lifestyle, Teri also enjoys running, dancing, DIY projects and spending time with friends, family and her fiancé, Eric.
How long have you lived in Indy?
I just celebrated my second year living in Indy. About five years ago I met my fiancé on an airplane. After three years of dating long distance between the West Coast and Midwest, and a proposal, I made the move to Indianapolis.
Why have you focused on using your skills in the nonprofit sector?
Truth is this is my first job working in the nonprofit sector. What I have found is that it is very rewarding to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself and is making a difference for the world and the community.
How did you find your current position?
I would say the job found me. After the storm of boxes had cleared from my move I began searching for jobs online that had an event focus. I kept an open mind and just got lucky.
What would you say to another young professional considering a nonprofit job?
Follow your heart. If you strongly believe in the mission of the organization than you will have the drive to successfully navigate a career in the nonprofit sector, leading to a higher level of satisfaction than if you pursued a career outside of your wants, dreams and desires.
If you could learn a brand new skill, what would it be?
Riding a motorcycle.
If you were an inanimate object, what would you be and why?
A teapot. Anyone who knows me can confirm that I have a slight tea obsession. Besides, who doesn't love Mrs. Potts?
What do you hope to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
Broaden my global experiences. In my current role I get to see the amazing accomplishments of men and women who are literally changing the future of the planet. Someday I would like to visit these remote locations to see the impact they had on the habitat, wildlife and community.
Share a little-known treasure of Indianapolis with us.
Salsa dancing at Red Room on Wednesday nights. I don't go as often as I like but every time I do I wonder why I'm not there more often.
Most important question: What's your spirit animal? Why?
Staying true to the zodiac, my spirit animal would be the lion. They are creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted and a symbol of loyalty. Nothing is more important to me than friends and family.
Want to support Teri's work?
As a board member for Slow Food Indy - the local chapter of the international movement that advocates for good, clean, fair food for all - Teri is involved in many food-focused events during the year. Coming up in May is a big one - Slow Meat 3 - which brings together producers, chefs and consumers who are interested in and committed to local, sustainably raised meat. Save the date for Tuesday, May 9, at Flat 12 Bierwerks and keep up with Slow Food Indy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.