I've been writing software for the last 12 years and professionally working as a software engineer for the last 10 years. I have worked on large web applications and small web applications, as a salaried full-time employee and a contract engineer.
I currently live in Los Angeles, CA but I am open to moving to the following locations (assuming relocation is paid):
New Orleans, LA
I am also extremely open to remote work or freelance work and I have done so previously.
I'm looking to work for a company that matches my ethical praxis:
Inclusive & diverse leadership
Open & transparent process
I am completely open to discussing what these mean with you.
I have contributed to a significant number of open source projects of the last 12 years, with these being the ones I think are at least worth mentioning:
VCR (owner), a ruby network cache that is often used for testing.
rubygems (core contributor), mainly the CI but also some other discussions about the web API.
mastodon (core contributor), a federated distributed social network with significant number of users.
redis.rb (core contributor), a set of ruby libraries for talking to redis.
rails (contributor), a web framework in ruby.
discourse (contributor), a widely used web discussion forum tool.
gitlab (contributor), an open source github.
These are the companies I have worked for that bear mentioning:
GOAT, as a Senior Backend Engineer for more than half a year. I helped them become significantly more performant for their high-end periods, cleaned up older parts of their code, whipped into shape their developer onboarding experience, and also worked significantly on a "power tool" for a certain set of their users that had to deal with high volume.
Dollar Shave Club, as a Contract Developer. I worked to help them transition from their Magento platform to a Rails platform. I largely did conversion tasks and teaching materials.
Nation Builder, as a Software Engineer for half a year. My largest contribution was a new permission system that managed who could read, write, and in certain cases "execute" (like send an email) on documents, data, and mangement tooling.
Makindo, as a Contact Developer for half a year. I worked primarily on making sure the old platform still worked and giving an in-depth analysis of the previous developer's work. A lot of refactoring and testing.
iSeatz, as a Software Engineer for more than half a year. I was on the foundation team for the new contract they had with American Express to build their new travel website. Specifically I worked on the initial application and then further on the Dynamic Packaging team. I also worked heavily with the outsourced component team.
I have organized or been a part of organizing these events or groups:
Open Source NOLA Hackathon (2016), where I participated in a hackathon and won second place. I worked on an anonymous distributed social network (twitter like) that worked via Bluetooth device name. Really fun stuff.
Rails Girls NOLA, a small event of 30+ women getting into software development via fast and loose lessons spanning two days. I was one of the main teachers and mentors.
Hack Dat, a hackathon that I participated in. I built Bard with three other contestants. We didn't win, but we had a good time.
Rails Hotline, a hotline service for people who had Rails-related questions. I received a lot of cool swag for being on the air for the longest time. I think it was around 9 months in total?
NOLA on Rails, a class I started and ran for a year that gave engineers an introduction course on learning Ruby on Rails.