Mark Baker Joins HDR as Senior Technical Advisor for Dam and Levee Safety

Mark Baker
Mark Baker

Mark Baker has joined HDR as a senior technical advisor on dam and levee safety. Baker brings extensive experience in developing and applying risk-informed practices for dam and levee safety programs and projects. For the past 12 years, he has been a national leader in learning from and investigating dam failures. 

Baker is the founder and leader of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials’ Dam Failures and Incidents Committee and chaired the Spencer Dam Failure Independent Investigation panel. He also was the founder and co-leader of the Silver Jackets flood risk management team, based in Washington, D.C.

“I am very excited to have Mark join our team of dam safety and risk assessment experts,” said Keith Ferguson, HDR’s dam practice leader. “His programmatic experience and leadership abilities will be a great asset for our clients and staff.”

Prior to joining HDR, Baker had a long career with the Bureau of Reclamation working in the dam, levee and flood risk management field and then served eight years as the dam and levee safety officer for the National Park Service. While with the National Park Service, he managed the risks of 60 dams and initiated a levee safety program, including the management of the risks of the NPS-operated Washington D.C. Levee. 

Based in Denver, Baker is a professional engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.