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Maria Clarke

Software Engineer
San Francisco, CA
A technical leader with eight years of experience designing, planning, and implementing internal and external APIs at scale.

Work Experience

Staff Engineer


Feb 2020 - Current
  • Led scope, planning, and design of the Checkout API with 3 teams and over 25 stakeholders.
  • The Checkout API reduced integration issues by 18% over its 100,000+ users.

Software Engineer

2017 - 2020
  • Collaborated with the product team to implement API simplifications to the Python SDK, leading to a 23% reduction of support requests and GitHub issues.
  • Worked with a technical writer to increase the clarity of the python SDK documentation.

Software Engineer

2014 - 2017
  • Worked with third parties and open source developers to design and build APIs for the release of GitHub Marketplace. They are now used to power thousands of integrations that are critical to the software development lifecycle of millions of projects.
  • Led integration of the Chromium rendering integration for Atom, which is now used by millions of people and is a critical component of Electron.

Software Engineer

2012 - 2014
  • Worked on a team of three, responsible for refactoring the API to be RESTful.
  • Optimized SQL queries leading to a 15% reduction in p95 response times.


BSc. Computer Science


2008 - 2012


  • API Design
  • JavaScript
  • GraphQL
  • Python
  • Java
  • AWS