Some Places I've Worked

Education

Juris Doctor

Indiana University, Maurer School of Law (2008)

To the extent possible, I focused my coursework on Trial Advocacy and Intellectual Property, but I found Tax far more interesting than I expected to.

I volunteered with the Protective Order Project, helping to do client intake and provide support to both the clients and attorneys working on their cases. I was as a member of IU's Trial Team and received brief-writing honors in the school's Moot Court Competition. I also served as an Admissions Fellow, helping prospective students and their families learn more about IU.

I've never taken a bar exam and am not licesned to practice in any jurisdiction.

B.S. in Computer Science

University of Alabama (2005)

In addition to occasionally doing coursework, I was an inaugural member of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, and Ambassador of the College of Arts & Sciences, and an active member of the campus's largest community service organization.

I was elected to various leadership roles on the local, state, and international level. I went to every football game I could get my hands on tickets to. I completed hundreds upon hundreds of hours of (voluntary) community service. It was a good time.

I'd be happy to discuss all of these things in excuciating detail, if you're interested in last decade's minutia.

Work History

RailsGirls Summer of Code

Volunteer Coach
July 2016 - Sept 2016

I worked with Team MitPal on SUSE’s Open Source Event Manager.

Along with another coach, I worked with the two team members to craft their application to the program.

Paired with the team members twice a week to help them develop their Ruby on Rails skills and accomplish their project goals. This typically involved helping them learn new ways of thinking about problems and general programming skills.

MailChimp

Software Engineering Manager
Oct 2015 - Jul 2016

As MailChimp's first full time Software Engineering Manager, I worked with company leadership to set up the role and priorities for the position. I served as a mentor and manager for engineers on a variety of teams. In addition to standard management duties, I also worked to improve department policies.

I co-wrote MailChimp's 2016 product engineering hiring plan. The plan focused on pacing to allow us to focus on a quality on-boarding experience as well as implementing policies to ensure a diverse and representative pool of applicants to consider.

I led the effort on the product engineering team to collect research and development hours. The process we implemented minimized the impact on engineers while attempting to maximize our R & D tax credit. Our process was used as a model by other departments in the company.

MailChimp

Senior / Lead Engineer
Jul 2013 - Oct 2015

Though I did do general product development work, I was primarily responsible for maintenance and development of the MailChimp API.

I led the design and development of v3.0 of the MailChimp API. Early in the project, my work centered on API design, building core architecture, and managing two other engineers. Toward the end of the project, we wored closely with other departments (like support, marketing, and content & testing) to ensure a smooth release.

As the lead of the API team, I managed the other engineers on the team, wrote (awesome) code, and helped set development priorities.

Tapjoy

Manager and Senior Engineer
Feb 2012 - Jun 2013

I managed a team of five engineers who focused on urgent and high-priority requests from other business units. Our focus was on fixing costly and pernicious bugs as well as documenting and paying down technical debt. I created this role shortly after being hired when I noticed that requests from other teams were not being addressed as quickly or reliably as they should have been.

Atlanta Flying Disc Club

Web Director
July 2011 - Present

The AFDC is a 501(c)(3) charity which runs recreational ultimate frisbee leagues in Atlanta and helps to promote the sport in schools and the community.

I serve as a voting member on the organization's board of directors. The board oversees programs and leagues for our membership and community. The board also manages a budget boasting six-figure revenue.

I built and maintain the AFDC’s web presence, including its league management system which allows registration and payment for leagues. Through the course of my tenure in this position, we've transitioned from a collection of one-off PHP scripts to an open-source Ruby on Rails application.

In addition to development work, I also lead the web committee which consists of other volunteers and occasional interns, all working together to improve the organization's digital operations.

Remark Media

Developer
Jan 2010 - Feb 2012

Worked with a medium-sized team to develop what could have been a really awesome health-related Q&A site, had it not been horribly mismanaged. Remark Media was the development partner while another company was responsible for managing the product and financing.

Earlier work history available by request.