Our Team

Dr. David Baker-Hargrove

President / Co-CEO / Co-Founder

Dr. Baker-Hargrove brings over 25 years’ experience as a leader, organizer, and developer of community-based programming.  Trained as a psychotherapist, David is the Board President Emeritus of the Pride Chamber and the Past President of Come out with Pride, Central Florida’s annual LGBTQ+ Pride Event.  During ver tenure in these positions, ve helped re-organize and stabilize the structure of both organizations.  While VP of Development for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida, ve was instrumental in growing the organization from an annual budget of $220,000 to 1.6 million in four years. 

Ve is globally recognized as an expert on mental health issues as they relate to gender identity and speaks regularly at national and international conferences regarding the treatment of gender dysphoria. 

In 2001, David provided mental health support to the New York City fire and police departments at the World Trade Center site immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks.  In 2016, ve led a community-wide crisis response after the Pulse nightclub shooting, mobilizing more than 650 volunteer counselors and logging over 1,000 mental health encounters in the three weeks immediately following. 

Always dedicated to community service, our President & Co-CEO, Dr. David Baker-Hargrove, served on the board of the Pride chamber of commerce from 1999 to 2010. From 2007-2010, ve was the association’s board president. During ver term as president, ve initiated a small business referral exchange network that increased membership and helped small business members become successful entrepreneurs. Ve served as board president of Come Out With Pride, Inc. (Central Florida’s gay pride event) from 2008-2010. During ver presidency, ve established an organizational structure, a detailed event production manual, wrote the 501c3 application which was awarded by the IRS, and created a strong corporate framework. Due to ver leadership, the Come Out With Pride event is now a multi-day cultural event that attracts over 100,000 people and garners a boost of approximately 1 million dollars to the downtown Orlando economy.

Even though ve no longer serves on those boards, ve and the 26Health staff continue to be involved in the community. Members of our team attend community health fairs, meet regularly with other LGBTQ+ healthcare providers in the area, and are active members in many Central Florida LGBTQ+ organizations, along with committees, advocacy groups, and other organizations outside of the LGBTQ+ community.

David identifies as non-binary and uses Ve/Ver/Vers pronouns.