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Kristi Wellington-Baker

US Higher Education Strategy Lead, Student Experience

Amazon Web Services

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Professional Bio

Dr. Kristi Wellington-Baker serves as the Higher Education Student Experience strategy lead at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world's most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS is helping higher education institutions around the world improve security, save money, analyze data, and provide equitable access to learning resources.

Kristi works with higher education leaders to meet their mission and student success goals leveraging technology to deepen student and community engagement, increase access to relevant learning pathways and experiences, and removing friction from administrative processes.

Kristi began her career in higher education twenty years ago and has served in various leadership roles in Student Affairs and education policy advocacy throughout her career. Her experience on campus included leadership of access, persistence, and completion efforts resulting in significantly improved outcomes, and opportunities to scale strategic initiatives across multiple institutions. In addition to her campus experience, she completed the Aspen Institute Presidential Fellowship, engaged in research and consulting across 2- and 4-year higher education institutions. Prior to moving to AWS, she served as the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Director of Student Success and Strategic Initiatives, leading efforts to secure the largest legislative investment in community and technical colleges in the history of the state.


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