Full stack web developer, UI designer, UX enthusiast.

I’m an interdisciplinary developer and designer passionate about solving human problems with technology. I have a BA in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley, and a certificate in Full Stack Web Development from the UC Berkeley Extension.

After a year of working full-time while learning and practicing programming on the side, I recently took the leap into full-time software engineering. I’m currently working through a 5-week immersive Software Engineering Career Accelerator, developed by General Assembly in partnership with Cognizant. I’m practicing object oriented programming with Java, test driven development, and agile best practices. The rest of the training will cover the software development life cycle, full-stack Java with Angular and React, developing/deploying Spring microservices, devops, and distributed services with AWS.

I'm proud to be volunteering as a web developer for OpenOakland, a Code for America brigade in Oakland, CA. I'm currently active on the Open Disclosure project, helping to build out the frontend of a website that displays campaign finance data around local elections using Jekyll and Sass. I also help onboard new volunteers to the project by getting them acquainted with the various GitHub repositories and conventions used in the project. I love the civic tech community and working on real projects that benefit the people and the government!

I'm skilled in frontend technologies,

  • React.js
  • HTML and templates:
  • Jekyll
  • EJS
  • CSS and frameworks:
  • Bootstrap
  • Bulma
  • Flexbox
  • JavaScript:
  • AJAX
  • jQuery
  • APIs

backend technologies, and full stack software design patterns.

  • Server-side JavaScript:
  • Node.js
  • Express.js
  • HTTP
  • Databases and ORMs:
  • MySQL and Sequelize
  • MongoDB and Mongoose
  • MVC:
  • Model
  • View
  • Controller

I'm also skilled at designing user interfaces using design software and processes such as wireframing, journey creation, and user research.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud:
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Experience Design
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Figma
  • Sketch
  • Design ethnography:
  • User research
  • Interviewing
  • User story writing
  • User journey creation
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That's me! While I'm not coding, I love to travel and take photographs.