I'm an urban designer turned open web developer—which isn't as odd as it sounds. I use technology to build tools (and sometimes visuals) so that information—be it urban systems, code, or government—is more accessible.
I champion open knowledge, documentation, and kindness. I also believe open source is a privilege.
Most recently I was a Node engineer at GitHub where I started the Electron team. During my 3+ years at GitHub I also worked on Atom, github.com, and supporting sites such as government.github.com. In 2013 I started the Patchwork community event to teach Git and GitHub to beginners.
My work as a full-time developer began in 2012 when, during my fellowship year with Code for America, I built open source tools for city government. One project would later become Sheetsee.js through a News Sprint Grant from Knight-Mozilla's OpenNews.
I have a background in design thanks to a degree (and many sleepless nights) in architecture from Georgia Tech. After graduation I worked at Rutledge-Alcock Architects before joining the City of Boston's Urban Design Technology Group. For three years at the City I worked on design reviews, crafted neighborhood plans, and created digital models, maps and other visual elements.
Contact & History
- JSConf Australia — Melbourne, Australia, December, 2016
- CSSConf, Boston, September 2016
- Hanselminutes, Podcast, June, 2106
- GitHub Satellite, Amsterdam, May, 2016
- Node Interactive, Portland, 2015
- Mozilla Festival, London, 2015
- GitHub Universe, San Francisco, 2015
- Open Source Open Society, New Zealand, 2015
- NICAR workshop, Atlanta, 2015
- Mozilla Festival, London, 2014
- JSDC, Taipei, 2014
- Web Rebels, Oslo, 2014
- JSFest, San Francisco, 2014
- She++ TechStories, 2014
- Mozilla Festival, London, 2013
- Aspen Institute, FOCAS, Aspen, 2013
- State of the Map, Portland, 2012
- Code for America Summit, San Francisco, 2012
- Farmhouse Conf, Los Angeles, 2012
- StreetWise, transportation data non-profit, Board Member
- Patchwork, teaching Git and GitHub to beginners.
- NodeSchool, teaching Node.js and Git fundamentals.
- GitHub, Inc, Engineer, 2013-2016
- Mozilla-Knight Open News Code Sprint, 2013, 2 mos, Sheetsee.js
- DIY.org, 2013, Maker-in-Residence, Skills curriculum, 3 mos, San Francisco
- Code for America, 2012 Fellow, 1 yr, San Francisco
- Jr. Urban Designer, 3 yrs, Boston Redevelopment Auth., City of Boston
- Intern Architect, 1 yr, Rutledge-Alcock Architects, Atlanta
- Georgia Institute of Technology, 2007 Architecture
- Ecole d'Architecture de Paris LaVillette, 2006