getting personal

past & present

short bio

I am a Philly-based web developer with four years of agency experience. I am thoughtful, disciplined developer who takes ownership of projects and helps guide teams in a supportive way.  I am an active TA and volunteer with Girl Develop It Philly and was a 2015 Code for Philly Open Source Mentorship Program fellow. I came to tech later in life, after a 12-year career as a fundraiser for some of Philadelphia’s most prestigious arts organizations. I wrote my first line of code at age 35 and gave my first conference talk at 39. Although my strongest skills are front-end, I enjoy writing back-end code and learning about hardware and electronics. Outside of tech, I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, and watching classic films.

skills

Front-end HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, JSON, VueJS, SASS, Bootstrap, Mapbox/Leaflet, GreenSock Animation Platform (GSAP), WordPress, D3, progressive web apps

Back-end PHP/SQL, exposure to Java, Python, node

Tools git/GitHub, command line, Grunt, Gulp, Webpack, markdown, QUnit

Planning & Research Functional specs, content audits, user testing, competitive, analysis, quality assurance, time management

Hardware & Electronics Raspberry Pi, Arduino, FadeCandy, soldering, following circuit diagrams, Bluetooth beacons

experience

Interactive Mechanics: Interactive Developer (February 2015 – November 2018); Apprentice (November 2014 – January 2015).  Interactive Mechanics was a digital products agency in Philadelphia, with clients such as the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Thomas Jefferson University. It was shuttered in November 2018.

  • Lead developer on a range of projects, including websites, web apps, and in-gallery digital experiences
  • Lead the creation of a new functional planning documentation process
  • Created and lead the accessibility committee and created documentation around accessibility
  • Co-created the Interactive Mechanics Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Served as a mentor in the Interactive Mechanics Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Demonstrated expertise and leadership via blog posts, internal team talks, wiki entries, webinars, conference talks

speaking and writing

Speaking

MCN (Museum Computer Network) 2018: “Accessibility for In-Gallery Digital Experiences,” November 2018, Denver

WordCamp Philly 2017: “Leveling Up Your QA Workflow for Small Teams and Freelancers,” October 2017

Writing

Using Prototyping Workshops to Build the Thomas Jefferson University Donor Wall, August 2018

The Five Pillars of a Balanced Quality Assurance Workflow for Small Teams, December 2017

Tips for Using Flexbox Safely and Effectively, December 2015

 

training

University of the Arts certificate in Web Design and Development, 2017.

Girl Develop It Philly student in more than 10+ classes, TA for Intro to HMTL/CSS, Intro to User Experience, Intro to Sass

Girl Develop It Philly & Code for Philly Open Source Mentorship Program, 2015

Regularly participates in local web/tech conferences as participant and/or volunteer, including O’Reilly’s Fluent Conf, Philly Tech Week, BarCamp Philly, LadyHacks, WordCamp US, WordCamp Philly, Full Stack (Toronto).

b.c. {before code}

I spent the first twelve years of my professional life as an arts manager and fundraiser, working with some of the most well-respected arts and cultural institutions in Philadelphia. Here are some highlights from my B.C. career:

  • Drafted complex grant applications to regional and national foundations, incuding the William Penn Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, resulting in six- and seven-figure grants.
  • Awarded a certificate of completion for the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations program, June 2012, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.
  • Planned and executed countless cultivation and fundraising events, including national and international trips, galas, cocktail parties, meetings, tours, lectures, movie screenings, etc.
  • Developed donor stewardship strategies and tactics that led to annual fund increases of between 12-30% and 50% increases in corporate sponsorship revenue.
  • Completed the Forum for Executive Women’s Mentorship Program, 2008