An MIT Alumni Association Publication

Meet the 2022–2023 Alumni Association Leadership: President, President-Select, and New Directors

  • Julie Fox
  • Slice of MIT

The MIT Alumni Association’s Board of Directors develops strategies and sets policies in collaboration with the MIT Alumni Association CEO, staff, and thousands of volunteers, and represents the interests of the Institute’s community of nearly 145,000 living alumni.

On July 1, 2022, the Board officially welcomed Stephen D. Baker ’84, MArch ’88 as its 128th president. Baker’s long history with MIT began with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture. The longtime MIT volunteer is currently president and senior principal of BWA Architecture, a 27-person firm he cofounded in Boston in 1994 with Margaret (Garet) Wohl MArch ’86.

Baker is a 2017 recipient of the Bronze Beaver, the highest award bestowed by the MIT Alumni Association for service to the Institute and the Association. He also received a Lobdell Distinguished Service Award in 2013. He served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors from 2013 to 2017 and was later a member of the Association’s Corporation Nominating Committee. From 2009 to 2017, Baker served as a member of the MIT Corporation’s Visiting Committee for the Division of Student Life, which provided advice to the Institute’s senior leadership on matters including student counseling, extracurricular activities, residence life, and fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups.

“The people at MIT are really remarkable—the alumni, students, faculty, and staff,” Baker said in the July/August 2022 issue of Technology Review’s MIT News magazine. He added: “It’s incredibly valuable to work with people who are not exactly like you, but with whom you have shared values. Although we come from many diverse backgrounds and experiences, and have diverse views, as alumni we have this common thread of having been students at MIT. It’s rewarding to work with people who have that shared experience.”

Baker will be succeeded in his one-year term by newly appointed president-select R. Robert Wickham ’93, SM ’95. Wickham earned a bachelor’s and master’s in AeroAstro from MIT and holds an MBA from the Harvard School of Business.

Read the full Q&A with Baker and learn below about the newly selected term members, who will serve multiyear terms; two at-large directors, who will serve one-year terms; and invited student guests. Visit the Volunteer section of the Alumni Association website to learn more about Association governance and other alumni volunteer opportunities.

Steve Baker portrait

PRESIDENT

Stephen D. Baker ’84, MArch ’88

President and Senior Principal, BWA Architecture

Steve Baker graduated from MIT with an undergraduate degree in Course 4 (architecture). He later received his master’s degree from MIT, and he also studied at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. In 1994, he cofounded Baker | Wohl Architects (now BWA Architecture), a 25-person architecture firm in Boston, where he is president and senior principal. Read more.

R. Robert Wickham Portrait

PRESIDENT-SELECT

R. Robert Wickham ’93, SM ’95

COO, Asia Pacific and Japan, Tableau at Salesforce

R. Robert Wickham earned a bachelor’s and master’s in AeroAstro from MIT. He volunteers as an educational counselor and career advisor, and he has served as cochair for his Reunion Gift Committee, an at-large member of the Annual Giving Board, and WBRS chair. Read more.

Rudayna T. Abdo portrait

TERM DIRECTOR

Rudayna T. Abdo ’90

Founder and President, Thaki Nederland

Rudayna Abdo received a bachelor’s in architecture from MIT 1990. Abdo has held multiple roles in the MIT Alumni Arab Association, including director, director of endowment, director of scholarships, and director of events. Read more.

Chester Chambers portrait

TERM DIRECTOR

Chester Chambers III ’15

Founder and Head Chef, Bloom Foods

Chester Chambers received a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from MIT. He is an educational counselor and a past president of the Club of South Texas and also served as VP of programs and VP for MIT10. Read more.

Maria Alice Frontini portrait

TERM DIRECTOR

Maria Alice Frontini SM ’99

Digital Transformation Advisor, Patria Investments, and Cofounder, Angel Investor Club

Maria Alice Frontini earned a master’s from MIT Sloan. She is the president of the MIT Club and Sloan Club of Brazil and serves on the Club Councils. She has served as a member of the Latin America Club Council and as an advisory board member for the Sloan Club of Brazil. Read more.

Guadalupe Hayes-Mota portrait

TERM DIRECTOR

Guadalupe Hayes-Mota ’08, MBA ’16, SM ’16

Founder and CEO, Healr Solutions

Guadalupe Hayes-Mota earned a bachelor’s in chemistry, a master’s in engineering systems, and an MBA, all from MIT. He volunteers as an educational counselor, career advisor, Legislative Advocacy Network member, and has served as president of the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Association of MIT (BGLATA), the Affinity Group Council, and as a caller for the First-Generation Admissions Outreach Program. Read more.

Theodore Ihow Lee portrait

TERM DIRECTOR

Theodore Ihow Lee MBA ’17

Strategic Engagement Manager, Scale AI

Teddy Lee earned a master’s from MIT’s Sloan in 2017, where he served as a student body copresident. Teddy is the chair of the Tech Track for the MIT Club of Northern California (MITCNC) and has served as chair of the MITCNC’s MIT AI Conference, chair of the MIT Volunteer Leadership Summit, chair of the MIT Sloan Student Class Gift Committee, a Sloan 5 officer, and an MIT Sloan Reunion volunteer. Read more.

Elizabeth C. Ng portrait

TERM DIRECTOR

Elizabeth C. Ng ’78

CEO, Ocean Biomedical

Elizabeth Ng earned a bachelor’s in physics from MIT in 1978. She is currently chair of the board of directors for the MIT Club of Northern California, where she previously held roles as event planner, director of the Life Science Forum, a member of the Nominating Committee, treasurer, director, and president. Read more.

Thomas C. Davis portrait

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR

Thomas C. Davis ’84, SM ’85

Principal, End-to-End Analytics

Tom Davis earned a bachelor’s and a master’s from MIT. Davis volunteers as a career advisor and an educational counselor. Previously he has held multiple positions on the Annual Giving Board, including chair, on the Alumni Association Selection Committee, chaired the Awards Committee, served on the ESD Alumni Advisory Council, and served as a fund reunion gift committee co-chair. Read more.

K. Hari H. Reddy portrait

AT-LARGE DIRECTOR

K. Hari H. Reddy SM ’01

Founder, Cambridge Analytics Group

Hari Reddy earned a master's from MIT Sloan. He volunteers as director for the Club of Washington DC, is a board member for the South Asian Alumni Association, and is a member of the Legislative Advocacy Network. Read more.

David Fung portrait

ANNUAL GIVING BOARD CHAIR

David Fung ’85

Founder, Sydney Connections

David Fung earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from MIT. He volunteers as president of the Club of New York, treasurer of the MIT Chinese Alumni Group, treasurer for the Class of 1985, and as an educational counselor. Read more.

David A. Spicer portrait

INVITED STUDENT GUEST

David A. Spicer ’23

President, MIT Undergraduate Association FY2022

David Spicer is a senior majoring in political science, focusing on education law and policy. He is the current president of the Undergraduate Association. He student-taught mathematics in a Cleveland middle school and New York City high school. Read more.

See the full listing of the Board of Directors.