Dennis Baxter, a former San Bernardino councilman, has been named executive director of Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area.

Baxter, who has served on the board of directors of the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area since 2010, became vice president in 2011 and president in 2012.

Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area is the local affiliate of the international organization that transforms lives making affordable home ownership a reality for community members in need by building and rehabilitating homes.

"When I can make a difference in somebody's life, it makes a difference in the children's lives, too," Baxter said. "It can turn kids around so they look at a home as a permanent, stable and healthy environment."

Baxter, who served on the San Bernardino City Council between 2006 and 2010, also was chairman of the Grants and the Community Development Block Grant Committee.

The son of a Santa Fe Railroad man, Baxter was born at Community Hospital of San Bernardino. He graduated from Pacific High School and studied radio and television production and programming at San Bernardino Valley College.

Baxter is an award-winning broadcast journalist. While with the Tribune Broadcasting Corp. in Sacramento, he won Associated Press and United Press International awards for excellence in news, documentary and public affairs.

"The board of directors unanimously agreed that Baxter's experience makes him the right leader at this time for Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area," said Richard Brown, president of the local group.


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"He is well-connected to the community and partnerships are key to our success in the San Bernardino area."


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