Former Director, National Security & Cybersecurity; Resident Senior Fellow
Jim Baker was Director of National Security & Cybersecurity at the R Street Institute. Formerly general counsel of the FBI, he has worked on cyber and national security issues both inside and outside of government.
Baker joined R Street from the Lawfare Institute, where he was a visiting fellow. He also worked for the Brookings Institution, where he was a visiting fellow in governance studies. In addition to his general counsel position, Baker served as a senior strategic advisor at the FBI until May 2018. He has been a lecturer at Harvard Law School and a fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. For nearly a decade, Jim was responsible for representing the U.S. government before FISA courts, and reviewed, prepared or supervised over 10,000 FISA applications. Baker is also a CNN Legal Analyst
Baker holds a juris doctor and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
For general and media inquiries and to book our experts, please contact: [email protected]
Support Our Work
Your donation helps us engage in policy research and outreach in support of free markets and limited, effective government across the country.