He is the current Honorary Consul of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay in the City of Sacramento. He is the former Ambassador to Uruguay where he served from November, 2006 to January, 2009.
He is Chairman of the Board of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, a charter management organization with twenty-eight middle and high schools; Chairman of the Board of Fremont College, a career college; Board member of EdVoice, an educational advocacy group in Sacramento; member of the Boards of Los Angeles Music Center Foundation; Pacific Council on International Policy; and St. John’s Health Center Foundation. He is a Life Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles Opera.
He has been involved in other numerous civic activities, including: Chairman of After-School All Stars; Board Member, California Institute of the Arts; Member, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth; Chairman of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, while undergoing a major building campaign; and Trustee, I Have a Dream Foundation, LA Chapter.
He is a former director of the NASD and served as Chairman of the committee, which resulted in the spin-off of NASDAQ. He subsequently served on the Board of NASDAQ as a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the CEO search committee. He is also a former director of the Securities Industry Association.
He is the recipient of the Bet Tzedek, House of Justice; the City of Angels; and Posse Foundation awards.
He graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
He is a member of the California Club and the Los Angeles Country Club.
Ambassador Baxter has been married to his wife Kathy since 1962. They have three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.