Debra Baker

Financial advisor, family wealth director and portfolio management director, Morgan Stanley in Orland Park
Class of 1984
Debra Baker is a financial advisor, family wealth director and portfolio management director with Morgan Stanley in Orland Park, where she provides financial advice to individuals, families, businesses and philanthropic foundations.

After earning her associate degree from Moraine Valley, she attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in economics. She then secured her first position in the financial industry and has proudly worked in the field for 35 years. Baker holds the designations of Morgan Stanley Family Wealth Director, CFP® (Certified Financial Planner™), Portfolio Manager Director and Financial Planning Specialist. As a Family Wealth Director, she joined a select group of fewer than 4% of Morgan Stanley financial advisors who completed this rigorous certification program.

Baker was recognized as a Five Star Wealth Manager in “Chicago Magazine” in 2010, 2015 and 2019.

As a lifelong resident of Orland Park, Baker has been committed to giving back to her community. She has been involved with Rotary International for 12 years, serving on the Rotary Club of Orland Park’s board for nearly a decade and eventually becoming the president of the local service organization. She also served as the youth exchange officer, overseeing student exchange programs. She has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow and Society member with Rotary International and, as president, along with her local Rotary Club, received the Rotary Presidential Citation.

In addition, Baker has been a member of the Orland Park Chamber of Commerce for 15 years and has held numerous positions within that organization. She has volunteered for Catholic Charities and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, as well as helping coordinate food, clothing and toy drives. She also is the philanthropic chair for Morgan Stanley Orland Park.