Arley M. Baker
Senior Director, Communications
As senior communications director, Arley Baker oversees the day-to-day media relations, community relations, advertising, and graphic services divisions at the Port of Los Angeles. Baker and his staff interact on a daily basis with the media, community stakeholders and Port business stakeholders. Under Baker’s leadership, the Port has won more than 100 communications awards, including the 2005 and 2008 American Association of Port Authorities’ Dan Maynard Communications Award for Overall Excellence.
Appointed in June 2004, Baker is an award-winning communicator who was previously vice president of the corporate-consumer practice at Los Angeles public relations firm Rogers & Cowan, a division of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). He brings to the Port of Los Angeles a broad variety of communications expertise garnered from nearly two decades of serving a variety of organizations, including Bank of America, United Airlines, American Suzuki Motor Corporation, The Irvine Company, Consolidated Freightways/Con-Way Transportation Services and the Ministry of Tourism in British Columbia, Canada.
In the corporate arena, Baker was director of corporate communications at EarthLink, a major U.S. Internet service provider. Between 1998 and 2002, he managed media relations supporting content and commerce programs, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, brand development, advertising, privacy issues and the rollout of EarthLink’s “Everywhere” wireless Internet access initiative.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a political science minor from the University of Redlands. He is a 2008 Fellow of Leadership Southern California and a 2010-2011 Executive Fellow of the Coro Southern California Center for Civic Leadership.
Baker has served on a number of boards, including the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District, Central City Association Executive Committee, Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, and Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation. He is also a founding board member of Team 100, which, through its Food for Long Beach Kids program, works to bridge the weekend food gap for disadvantaged elementary school children and their families since 2011.