Erica Baker, Sr. Engineer, Slack in conversation with Davey Alba, Staff Writer, WIRED
Erica Baker wants to change the face of tech. As a Sr. Engineer for Slack, she’s spent the past year releasing new builds of the popular project collaboration platform. Behind the scenes, Baker has become an outspoken advocate for diversity in tech and expanding the reach of tech education. Before leading Slack’s build engineering team, Baker joined Google as a support technician in 2006. Over the following eight years, Baker worked her way through the company’s engineering ranks before transitioning into the role of Site Reliability Engineer. In 2014, Baker addressed the issue of inequality at Google by doing the unthinkable: releasing heaps of salary and hiring demographics info while encouraging others to contribute. Today, Baker is on the Advisory Boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood and is a Tech Mentor for Black Girls Code. She is based in Oakland, California.