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MeeCee Baker

MBakerMeeCee Baker

President/CEO
Versant Strategies

Baker owns Harrisburg-based government relations firm, Versant Strategies. Versant specializes in agricultural, environmental and rural issues, representing clients in Harrisburg and Washington DC ranging from small farms and businesses to fortune 500 companies.

Baker previously worked in the executive office of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and served as a faculty member at Penn State and an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University.

“Throughout my career … my desire to lift people’s station in life remains a constant,” Baker explained. “I wanted to continue making connections to opportunities and services when I left my post at the Department of Agriculture during the Rendell years. Joining a lobbying firm focused on agricultural and rural issues was a natural fit … . I have been a lobbyist for 15 years and enjoy the work now as much, if not more, than (on) day one.”

What’s rewarding is helping clients accomplish a goal that can make a big impact on the quality of life in rural Pennsylvania. “Advocating for legislation that allowed wineries to serve by the glass is one such example. … Wineries have become main economic drivers in many communities and … seeing that industry blossom has been quite satisfying.”

Baker highlighted mentor Jim Diamond, her freshman adviser, who had a poster hanging in his basement office that said “Patience, Persistence and Perseverance.” She also appreciated the advice of home economist Jane Marhefka, her first boss, who “told me to buy a complete outfit (coat, suit, shoes, etc.) each season and keep them in rotation.”

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This profile is part of CPBJ's Law and Lobbyist Power 30 list for 2022. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at cpbj.com or in our digital edition.

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