Travis McPhail

(He/ Him)  Principal Engineer, Google 

Travis McPhail, Ph.D. is the Maps engineering lead for the Google Maps Platform responsible for redefining what a geospatial platform offers to the world across Maps, Earth, Streetview, and Gaming. Travis is driving geospatial at Google to be more open for developers to harness the same power that our consumer apps and foster the physical index of the world. This is the foundation for the business’s platform strategy over the next 5 years. Travis joined Google in 2012 and has worked on pretty much every GeoConsumer application Google offers in some capacity through his Google Career. Travis has co-led BGN (an employee resource group at Google), partner/advisor/interviewer for the Google-in-residence (GIR) program, etc. Travis also partnered with .org to donate $1M to the National Museum of African-American Culture (NMAAHC) and started a 20% team to build a 3D interactive for the museum at launch (new exhibit slated for the International African-American Museum in 2023). This was a key project that helped .org craft its .org fellowship program. Travis also worked with Geo and Search teams to resuscitate the project to build out a black-owned business attribute in 2020. Travis has worked in applied research for multiple industries: oil and bas, biomedical, astronomy, and movie magic. Travis sits on the board for the Seattle Metropolitan Chapter of the Urban League and is a strategic advisor for the Leadership in Engineering Equitable Participation (LEEP) Initiative which drives a $6B+ commercial real-estate portfolio in the Bay area (and always looking to foster a wider startup community).




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