Trainer & Consultant Profile:

Michele D. Baker

Michele Baker

Michele D. Baker, CVA

Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Although most people include it in their Top 3 Scariest Things, I love public speaking more than just about anything else!

For my 50th birthday, a friend had a star in the constellation Leo named after me.




Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA)
since 2008

Member, International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance (ITWPA)
since 2018

Member, American Writers and Artists (AWAI)
since 2015

Officer, Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (DOVIA) Mississippi since 1999



Additional Information

I love to travel. I love to fix problems. And, I love training and public speaking. I’ve been in the business of creating, working with, and helping fix nonprofits since 1995, and it gets more fun every year.

I hope we can work together soon!



Michele D. Baker, CVA has been in the nonprofit and volunteer world in Mississippi for 25 years. She's also the editor of eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI magazine (, a published author, accomplished public speaker and facilitator, and as a system's person, loves finding and fixing the kinks.

Previously, she worked for both the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and Volunteer Mississippi before creating her own consulting business helping nonprofits with grant writing, volunteer management, and using creative and persuasive writing to market more effectively. She loves writing top-notch curricula and offering training of all kinds.

With her mother, she co-owns a small travel company ( and writes freelance travel and food articles for national publications.

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Areas of Expertise

Volunteer Management | Board Development | Proposal Writing | Strategic Planning | Auditing & Fixing Broken Systems |Using Creative Writing to Market Yourself Better


Awards & Recognitions

Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Award
for Outstanding Service by a Volunteer Management Professional (2016)

Hometown Hero Award from City of Jackson, MS (2016, 2018)

Leadership Jackson Class of 2001-2002