Lisle Baker

Ward Alderman, Ward Seven at City of Newton, local Government

About Lisle Baker

Lisle Baker instructs students as a Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he teaches courses on mediation, property, and the law practice planning. He has long complemented his faculty position with other professional activities. For example, Lisle Baker served for a time as Special Counsel to the Massachusetts Cultural Council and its predecessor, the Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council. He also is serving his 15th two-year term as the Ward Alderman for Ward 7 on the Board of Aldermen in Newton, Massachusetts.

As one of two dozen elected city councilors, Alderman Lisle Baker votes on ordinances and land use regulations affecting his community of 84,000 residents. During his years of service, he helped secure conservation restrictions to preserve Hammond Pond and the Newton Commonwealth Golf Course. This work was honored with the Newton Conservators’ Directors’ Award in 2001 and 2009. Many years earlier, the Conservators named him Environmentalist of the Year for leading the effort to help the City of Newton acquire the 81-acre Newton Commonwealth Golf Course for public use for a net cost of only $385,000, in part because of a betterment assessment on surrounding properties that he proposed and won support for from those assessed in order to preserve this important open space.

Throughout his over 28 years as an Alderman, Lisle Baker has held many leadership positions that include serving three terms as Board President. He was re-elected President Emeritus in 2012 and recently chaired Board committees charged with redrawing Newton’s ward and precinct boundaries to respond to changes in the city’s population, re-codifying the city’s ordinances to make them better organized and inclusive of recent amendments, and to respond to proposed changes in the Rules of the Board. He also currently serves a member of the Zoning and Planning, Programs and Services, and Long Range Planning Committees.

In recent years, Lisle Baker has hosted and produced “Aldermen at Work.” The series airs on Newton Community Access Television (NewTV) and features interviews with Newton officials, as well as citizens. The program won Best Government Series from NewTV in 2011, and Mr. Baker was honored as Producer of the Year in 2009. Earlier in his career, Lisle Baker made regular appearances during the first season of “The Advocates,” the Peabody Award-winning Public Broadcasting System program, where he argued the merits of current issues of public policy in a modified trial format. 

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