Dr. Baca served in a variety of positions in Denver Public Schools including: teacher, principal, executive director, and deputy superintendent. She was responsible for educational areas such as psychological, nursing, social work services, education and community partnerships, collaborative decision making(CDM), labor relations and neighborhood centers. Baca’s career in education also includes positions with the Jefferson County Schools, the University of Colorado at Denver, and the University of Houston. She most recently served as senior consultant to the Center of Network Development and the US Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Her extensive community involvement includes service on the boards of The Colorado Trust (Chair 2010-2012), The Denver Center for the Performing Arts ,Denver Metropolitan Major League Stadium District, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, The Bridge Project, The Denver Zoological Foundation, Mile High United Way, the Colorado State Board of Human Services among others. She holds a Doctorate from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, and a BA from the University of Denver.