There’s a network effect bringing women to the front of engineering and technology, and Erica Baker is a powerful element in that web. As the Senior Engineer Manager at Patreon, her work helps creators and innovators find audiences, funding, and a future. She’s a founding member of Project Include and tech mentor for Black Girls Code — roles where her leverage and experience are yielding big opportunities for the next wave of future tech leaders.
Erica is a Senior Engineering Manager at Patreon and advocate for diversity and inclusion in tech, and expanding access to tech education. Erica’s career in tech began fifteen years ago doing domain administration for the University of Alaska Statewide System, before becoming a Googler in 2006. Erica’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 manages the Infrastructure Engineering team.
Erica 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. Erica 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. Erica is currently based in Oakland, California.