Senior Policy Analyst
617-357-0700 ext. 328
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.
Prior to joining MLRI, Pat was an advocate in Western Massachusetts Legal Services from 1977 to 1983 where she focused on disability, unemployment, and public benefits cases. Ms. Baker has authored and edited numerous publications, including the Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide as well as other MLRI Advocacy Guides involving cash assistance programs, immigrant eligibility issues and homeless rights, and co-authored and contributed to several national reports for the Food Research Action Center and Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. She 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 for her advocacy – all of which contributed to a significant reversal of the state’s low food stamp participation rate. Through her advocacy and leadership, Massachusetts has adopted state policy changes and federal options that have both removed access barriers and increased the value of monthly food stamp benefits.