Dr. Karin Baird is a lifelong contributor to the nonprofit sector. She began her career shortly after graduating from Michigan State University as the Director of Public Relations for the Dane County Chapter of the American Red Cross in Madison, Wisconsin. From there she moved to Washington, DC where she worked in the public relations department of the American National Red Cross. After starting a family, she was an active volunteer in her community in the local parent-teacher organization and the League of Women Voters. As a member, and later president, of the Glencoe Friends of the Parks she helped organize the annual historical walk and bike tour throughout the village, raised money to refurbish parks, and led a successful referendum to generate tax monies to save the outdoor ice rink.
Baird, Karin, ""To Lead is to Serve"" (2012). Bernard C. Hollister Memorial Lectures. 1.