Angela Baker oversees Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with 650+ organizations in 100 programs in over 40 countries and has reached nearly 10 million beneficiaries.
In her role, Baker directs a global team that manages mobile broadband programs which make innovative uses of Qualcomm technology for social good and provides opportunities to empower individuals across all socioeconomic classes. Baker has a passion for building programs to accelerate women’s ownership of mobile phones, helping to provide life-changing services such as access to health information, education and financial inclusion for women in emerging regions.
Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.
Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She currently serves as a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and she was recently named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.