- TitleVP engineering (geo)
How do you get where you’re going? Likely, you have Elizabeth Hamon Reid to thank. Reid helped architect early products that now power Google Maps when she joined Google in 2003 as the first female engineer in the search giant’s New York office. Early last year she became the head of engineering for Google’s “geo” unit, which helps more than a billion people navigate and explore the world each month. Since receiving the promotion, Reid has led Google Maps’ technical response to the coronavirus pandemic, adding critical features, such as the ability to locate COVID-19 testing centers, to find restaurants with takeout and delivery services, and to support local businesses through donations and gift card purchases. Her team co-developed Google’s COVID-19 “community mobility reports,” which help public health agencies better understand people’s movement trends during the pandemic. (All anonymized and aggregated location histories, of course.) In addition to her cartographic prowess, Reid helps young engineers plot the course of their careers as a cochair of Women@Google, an internal group devoted to advancing women in the workplace.