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Erica Baker        

Group Engineering Manager at Microsoft; Advocate for Workplace Diversity & Inclusion

Erica Baker is an engineer and engineering manager in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked at companies including Google, Slack, Patreon, and Microsoft.

Known for her outspoken support of diversity and inclusion, Baker first gained prominence in 2015 for starting an internal spreadsheet where Google employees reported their salary data to better understand pay disparities within the company. The spreadsheet was reported in The New York Times.

Baker’s career in tech began fifteen years ago, doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. Baker's role grew and shifted within Google, growing from Support Technician to Site Reliability Engineer. At Slack, she built the Native Client Build and Release infrastructure. She joined Patreon in 2017 where she managed the Infrastructure Engineering team. In January 2019, Baker joined Microsoft as Principal Group Engineering Manager.

Baker is on the Board of Directors for Girl Develop It, the advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. She is a founding member of Project Include, was the 2015 Level Playing Field Institute Lux Award winner, a nominee for the 2016 Crunchies Include Diversity Award, and was included in WIRED Magazine's 2016 Next List.

Most recently, she was a featured speaker for a Berkeley Center for New Media panel and Wall Street Journal's Women in the Workplace Forum both in October 2018.


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