The Southern Ute Growth Fund has hired Maria Baker, a Southern Ute Tribal Member, as the vice president of human resources.
Baker started her professional career with the Southern Ute Department of Education in 2001, taking over responsibility as the distance learning coordinator helping to bring degreed programs to the Southern Ute Tribal Members on the reservation.
Baker then moved into human resources as the tribal members employment coordinator, transitioning tribal members into positions within the Southern Ute Growth Fund. She has spent 18 years with the tribe and most recently as the HR training coordinator and assistant HR manager.
Baker received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Fort Lewis College in 2000.
As an avid outdoorsman, she currently sits on the Southern Ute Wildlife Advisory Board and in her downtime enjoys hunting and fishing. She also has sat on the KSUT Board of Directors, Del Alma Board of Directors and the Durango Adult Education Board of Directors. Baker also enjoys spending time with family.