Meet the New Boss

Donna Baker has no shortage of degrees, including a law degree, an MBA, and her G.G. She even spent 10 years as a nun. Now, as acting president of the Gemological Institute of America, she’ll have a full plate as she attempts to clear up the mess left from the grading scandal. She’s considered personable and popular among the GIA rank and file. Chairman Ralph Destino is also a fan. “She is fantastically talented and is certainly a leading candidate [for the permanent position],” he says. Baker’s responsibilities as senior vice president and general counsel have included oversight of GIA’s legal affairs, as well as other departments ranging from human resources to the GIA library and museum. She was recruited by Boyajian in 2001. Prior to joining GIA, she was a partner in the law firm Burke, Williams & Sorensen.