Experience

Web Application Developer, Newsela 2018 - present

React, Redux, Python2, Django, Sass, CSS-in-JS, CircleCI, Docker

Maintain and build product at Newsela, an instructional content platform that helps students read by delivering articles and comprehension assessments tailored to their individual reading levels.

Developer, Carbon Five 2018

Open source, React, Emotion.js, Python2, Django, Angular5, Sass, Bootstrap, CircleCI, Docker

As a client-facing consultant, contributed Agile methodologies and custom full-stack software solutions for a variety of business needs.

Executed a re-write to pure React and data styling with Emotion.js for Autodesk's open-source design system.

Designed a point-of-sale system API which integrated complex business logic in order to provide a seamless, personalized in-store experience for a startup in the orthodontic aligner space.

Curriculum Consultant, Girls Who Code 2017 - 2018

HTML5, CSS3, Javascript

Set learning objectives and curriculum structure for Girls Who Code's Campus Web Development program, a national tuition-based summer course serving hundreds of US students. Determined best tools and practices for course curriculum and wrote hands-on tutorials for students on concepts such as HTML/CSS, Flexbox, JavaScript events, APIs, debugging, and project planning.

Developer, Big Wheel Brigade 2016 - 2017

Ruby on Rails, Node.js, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, Python

Developed and maintained a Rails application with more than 70k active users for a long-standing client, Catalog Choice.

Mentored 46 new developers as part of the company's training program, Omaha Code School, reviewing and supervising their work in Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. Built internal scripts and applications in Node.js and Ruby to streamline school operations. Led course development of and instructed the school's part-time Web Development 101 program.

Represented the company on issues of empathy, diversity, and inclusivity in tech.

Teaching Assistant, Omaha Code School 2015

HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, WordPress, PHP

Served as a Teaching Assistant for OCS: Highlander -- a coding camp for eleven high-school students from underserved districts that focused on front-end development in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/jQuery, and WordPress/PHP. Mentored campers during their group capstone projects, which were judged for creativity, technical achievement, and community benefit by local tech companies.

Community

Organizer, Write/Speak/Code Conference 2018

Events, Diversity & Inclusion, Mentorship, Open Source, Technical Speaking

Helped with speaker selection, support, and conference logistics for the 2018 Write/Speak/Code conference, an international event for 300+ software engineers.

Mentor, Code2040 2018

Diversity & Inclusion, Mentorship

Provided support for the Code2040 Fellow program, including weekly meetings with a dedicated collegiate mentee and career coaching for members of the NYC cohort.

Volunteer, RailsBridge NYC 2018 - present

Diversity & Inclusion, Tech Education

Support students and answer questions during single-day workshops designed to introduce more women to Ruby on Rails development, free of cost.

Grievance Committee Member, Mystery Code Society 2018 - present

Codes of Conduct, Diversity & Inclusion, Tech Education

Address code of conduct violations for Mystery Code Society, an Omaha-based non-profit providing rigorous and free coding curriculum for women, femmes, and non-men.

Instructor & Organizer, Omaha Girls Who Code 2016 - 2017

Diversity & Inclusion, Mentorship, Tech Education

Instructed multiple 6th- through 8th-grade cohorts in programming, web development, and collaborative problem-solving. The focus of the curriculum includes programming fundamentals and a self-designed project with community impact.

Served as an organizer for the Omaha Girls Who Code Coalition, an umbrella network for the growing number of organization chapters in the Omaha area.

Co-Founder & Organizer, Omaha Emerging Developers 2016 - 2017

Events, Mentorship, Technical Speaking

Organized and implemented monthly events for the group of over 200 new and mid-level developers in which members could network, share their unique skills, and practice delivering technical talks to peers.

Education

Omaha Code School Spring 2015

Accelerated Certificate Program

Full-stack development training in SQL, PostgreSQL, Ruby, Sinatra, Ruby on Rails, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, AJAX, and version control with git/Github. Additional experience with: MongoDB, Agile development, API integration, third-party authentication, and data visualization (Mapbox, Chartkick).

Nebraska Wesleyan University 2007 - 2012

B.A., Political Science & Religion

Minors: Mathematics and Gender Studies.

Semester of research in Tunis with the School for International Training, Spring 2011.
Communications Intern for the Middle East Institute in Washington DC, Fall 2011.

References

Dr. Jackie Blizzard

STEM Education Expert, Former Supervisor

Sumeet Jain

Development Director, Mentor, Former Supervisor

Alex is among the best people I’ve ever worked with. In the three years that we worked together, Alex led development on a number of software projects, managed groups of other developers, and directed community-building efforts. She is unwaveringly dedicated to performing at the highest level and organizes her days meticulously to keep productive even when under pressure.

Rahul Gupta

Engineering Manager, Former Supervisor

As a full-stack web developer on my team at Big Wheel Brigade I could rely on Alexandra to solve any development challenge she was faced with. Alex is an excellent communicator and incisive thinker -- invaluable assets in a software developer. Given the opportunity, I'd happily work with her again.