Call for donations to the Leanne Baker Scholarship

Leanne Baker
Join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Leanne Baker

Our esteemed colleague, Leanne Baker, passed away on December 22, 2020. In her memory, we have established the Leanne Baker Scholarship to benefit women students at the Colorado School of Mines. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 for an endowed scholarship by March 30, 2021, benefiting undergraduate women, ensuring that Leanne’s legacy will be celebrated every year. If we do not reach that amount, we will make a one time scholarship award in her memory with your support.

To make a gift in her memory, you can donate online at Once there…

  1. Enter your donation amount
  2. Select the button for “one-time gift”
  3. Check the box for “In Honor Of/Memorial To”
  4. In either of the boxes provided after checking the box in step 3, type in “Leanne Baker Scholarship”.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

About Leanne

Leanne grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado. Soon after, she became the editor of the Golden Colorado Transcript where she began covering the Colorado School of Mines. This assignment sparked her interest in mining. Leanne went on to attend the Colorado School of Mines and attained her PhD in Mineral Economics.

She departed soon after to Wall Street in New York, where she landed an equity analyst’ position at Phillip Brothers. After six years as a mining analyst, she transitioned to Salomon Brothers and served in the New York office until 1998. She then became the Managing Director of the gold desk for Salomon Brothers and relocated the office to San Francisco which she managed for four more years.

Following her transition from Wall Street to Montgomery Street, Leanne started her own company in 2001 and became a valued consultant to the mining industry. Since 2006, she has served on seven mining company boards including Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd, McEwen Mining, ETF Securities, Aurania Resources, Sutter Gold Mining, Reunion Gold Corporation, and Kimber Resources. Leanne also served as CEO and President of Sutter Gold Mining from 2011-2013.

Leanne spent more than 35 years in the mining industry, specializing in commodity research in the 1980s, equity research in the 90s, and as a valued and respected board member and consultant in the 21st century. Leanne valued and loved her family, friends, and her beloved Boston Terrier, Georgia. She loved to travel, frequent the arts, concerts, and sporting events. She especially loved basketball and was an avid Golden State Warriors fan. You could find her listening to classic country music, especially Emmy Lou Harris and Willie Nelson.

Leanne was an intelligent, dynamic woman who radiated optimism and a positive attitude. She was compassionate to all and a loving, supportive wife. Leanne loved the mining industry and was a supportive alum to the School of Mines and also a great supporter of men and women in the mining business.

For questions, please contact Michelle Ashby at or Gretchen Gilliland at

Comments (1)

Thank you to WIM for spreading the word on our legacy scholarship for Leanne. She made a big impression on the mining sector throughout her career and I want to keep that going in her memory for future women in the mining space. Thanks,

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