Rob “Biko” Baker

Rob “Biko” Baker is the Executive Director of The League of Young Voters, which has been organizing hip-hop voters around the country since 2003. In his home community of Milwaukee, he has used the power and agency of art to inform, mobilize, and motivate young people to participate in civic life. Baker has served as the deputy publicity coordinator and young voter organizer for the Brown and Black Presidential Forum. He was also lead organizer for Slam Bush, a 2004 nationwide voter mobilization project using rap and poetry. In 2006, Baker developed the League of Young Voters training program. In addition to his activists work, he has also been a longtime journalist and commentator. He has been a contributor to The Source magazine, and has appeared as an expert on youth organizing on C-SPAN, Fox News and CNN. A Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, Baker serves on the research advisory board for The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).