Senior Policy Advocate at MLR
Patricia Baker joined MLRI’s Benefits Unit in 1983. As a Senior Policy Advocate at MLRI, Pat works at both the state and federal level on a range of legislative, administrative, and policy matters that affect low-income families, elders and persons with disabilities. Ms. Baker has authored and edited numerous publications, including the Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide as well as other MLRI guides involving cash assistance programs, immigrant eligibility issues and homeless rights. She has co-authored and contributed to several national reports for the Food Research Action Center and Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Ms. Baker is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including the 2013 Dr. Raymond Wheeler /Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award, the 2014 Eos Foundation Changing the Equation Award and the 2009 Kit Clark Award. Her advocacy and leadership has contributed to a significant reversal of the state’s previously low SNAP participation rate and removal if access barriers.