Nexight Group is happy to welcome KatherineAnne (Katie) Baker to the team as a Research and Communications Analyst. Katie has an MPA in State and Local Government and a BS in Political Science from Southern Utah University. Katie’s professional interests are in the areas of social science research, writing, and data analytics. We sat down with Katie to ask her a few questions about herself, her views, and her new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: Over the last several years, I have developed a passion for energy and natural resources and the way the issues surrounding these industries are fueled by uniquely human conditions. Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work with Utah State Representatives in both the House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee and the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee. From there, I began working with the National Park Service as part of an interagency team to develop new policies as well as data collection, analysis, and research methodology to implement federal mandates within a new management plan. I came to the D.C. area in pursuit of opportunities to utilize my research and communication abilities on a higher federal level and contribute to policy implementation outcomes that would have far-reaching effects. In the middle of a global pandemic, I packed everything I owned and moved across the country to Washington D.C. I am deeply thankful to the friends and mentors I have found here who have supported me in my journey thus far and I am looking forward to the opportunities I will have to contribute here at Nexight.
During my life I have lived in Ohio, New Mexico, Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, Iowa, and Utah. I find joy in exploring the outdoors, creating art, and contributing to a secure and sustainable future.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
A: I was drawn to Nexight for their innovative methodology and powerful outcomes. Nexight has a passionate, creative team of people who tackle tricky subjects and drive real change. This is a company that values out-of-the-box thinking, hard work, and growth. As I spoke with members of the team during the interview process, my beliefs about the company were continually reinforced and I knew this was where I needed to be.
Q: Why did you pursue a career in professional consulting?
A: More than anything else, I love the technical and analytical elements of solving challenging problems. I find immense satisfaction in the process of unwinding a complex set of questions, digging into a sticky data set, or figuring out how to distill highly technical concepts into a piece of literature that the public can understand. In my experience with government agencies though, I was often frustrated by the red tape and restrictions that could hinder innovation and productivity. In consulting, I have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of high-level, fast-paced projects and produce meaningful, actionable results for those same agencies with much more freedom. I love being able to facilitate conversation across disciplines and sectors to bring people and ideas together.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
A: I am most looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues and our government and private partners to enhance security and sustainability in the energy sector. We are building the tools for the future in a complex and ever-evolving area, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.