I want to make things
that make a difference.

About

Mission-driven full stack developer with a passion for thoughtful UI design, collaboration, and teaching.

I’ve always sought out opportunities and challenges that are meaningful to me. Although my professional path has taken many twists and turns — from touring and recording artist, to employee of the year at a non-profit, to dean's scholar at UPenn, to small business owner and entrepreneur — I've never stopped engaging my passion to help others and solve problems.

As a web developer, I enjoy using my obsessive attention to detail, my unequivocal love for making things, and my mission-driven work ethic to literally change the world. That's why I’m excited to make a big impact at a high growth company.

I want to make things that make a difference.

Experience

Full-Stack Software Developer

Employee engagement platform that empowers forward-thinking global organizations to create brand value.

Develop Core Product
  • Verify, prioritize, and fix software bugs
  • Build new features, both via product road map and self-designed
  • Manage feature sprint life cycle
    • process product requirements
    • assess current functionality
    • estimate total work time and merge dates
    • break down feature into smaller deliverables
    • solicit feedback regularly
    • continuously measure and document progress
    • analyze sprint execution retrospectively
  • Stack: Ruby, Rails, PostgreSQL // React, JS, Coffeescript, jQuery // Sass // HTML, Haml
Accomplishments
  • Overseeing Front-End Refactor of production app from page-specific styles to to modular BEM components
  • Developed admin tool to automatically convert HRIS employee lists to users, significantly increasing total membership for new clients and simplifying user onboarding
  • Implemented and customized a Facebook-style inline @tagging feature to increase app share-ability
  • WakaTime - Top WeSpire team contributor, occasional top ten global leaderboard for weekly usage
  • Github - 20,000+ lines contributed to code base
Jan 2016 - Present | Boston, MA
QA Developer

Employee engagement platform that empowers forward-thinking global organizations to create brand value.

Manage Core Product
  • Oversee software releases and manage multiple repos, deployment servers, and databases
  • Manually test all new code and provide critical feedback to developers
Improve QA Operations
  • Automated Tests: Improve accuracy, increase coverage, and optimize speed
  • Investigate and implement third party testing integrations and tools
  • Communicate all engineering tasks and accomplishments internally to company
  • Tools: Capybara / Semaphore / CodeClimate / Hound / CrossBrowserTesting.com
Accomplishments
  • Created an automated ‘smoke test’ using Ruby and the CrossBrowserTesting.com API — generates screenshots of the application on different browsers and devices, and sends the results to Slack for review.
  • Streamlined our continuous integration test and deployment process — through a combination of bash scripts and automated Semaphore build tasks, I decreased manually testing time by an avg of 10/hrs week and increased release deployment velocity by 5x.
May 2015 - Dec 2015 | Boston, MA
Instructor & Curriculum Designer

8-week course for students enrolled in the Fundamentals Classes Intro to Web Design

  • Teaching the basics of HTML, CSS, and the principles of responsive design.
  • Currently redesigning and building a new, improved Web Design curriculum to be implemented across all SI channels in 2017
Accomplishments
  • Increased the average student retention rate from less than 40% to more than 95%
  • Doubled the average amount of students that move from Funamdentals Classes to the Full-Time program
Jan 2016 - Present | Boston, MA
Instructor

One-off community class open to the public and sponsored by Resilient Coders

  • Taught an introductory seminar covering HTML, CSS, and primarily Bootstrap, with a one-page website deliverable
Nov 2016 | Boston, MA
Instructor

2-day intensive and interactive courses and lab work with students in the Full Time program.

Web Design topics
  • Introduction to HTML/CSS
  • Fonts, Images, Layout
Web Development topics
  • Rails Associations
  • Layout with Bootstrap
Jun 2015 - Present | Boston, MA
Web Dev Student

Competitive , 8-week immersive program that helps individuals to develop the skills, mindset, and network to be high-impact at a high-growth company.

  • Technology - Ruby on Rails, Git, AWS, Heroku, Node.js
  • Practices - Agile development tactics, test-driven development, mobile-first methodology
Feb 2014 - Apr 2014 | Boston, MA
Founder & Developer

Small web development and design studio for businesses, non-profits, and individuals

  • Creating easy-to-use CMS websites for clients for local and international clients
  • Managing all accounting, communication, and project management
  • Generated over $40k in revenue within first year of business, without marketing or promotion
July 2010 - Present | Providence, RI
Creative Strategist

Accessibility consultancy and advocacy project founded by individual with Cerebral Palsy

  • Mentored the founder and led a small team in business and creative strategies
  • Designed visual branding, wrote copy, and developed website
  • Garnered a front-page Providence Journal article within first 9 months
Mar 2014 - Feb 2015 | Pawtucket, RI
Direct Support Professional

Non-profit, arts-based day program for adults with disabilities


  • Supported over forty clients daily in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Created new method for organizing staff information and clients’ goals, still in use today
  • Awarded Employee of the Year out of 30+ employees after only one year of service
  • Awarded Most Valuable Staff at Winter Art Show for highest sales and unique client product
Feb 2010 - Sept 2011 | Pawtucket, RI
Co-Founder & Touring / Recording Artist

Five piece “action rock” band from Cranston, RI

  • Built a successful and sustainable small-business with four other founders
  • Wrote, produced, and recorded five albums both independently and under Island/DefJam
  • Completed 7 full US tours, including one headlining tour
  • Created, recruited and managed 2000 member promotional street team
2004 - 2010 | USA

Projects

Screenshot of BlogSpire web app
BlogSpire

Blogging web app created for the Engineering team at WeSpire.

Accomplishments
  • Ruby on Rails backend
  • Materialize CSS frontend
  • User authentication via Devise
  • Implemented liking functionality
  • Client-side rendering via AJAX
Code Island logo
Code Island

Online headquarters for the local Code for America brigade in Rhode Island.

Accomplishments
  • Integrated “Next Meeting” via Meetup API
  • Developed CSS and JS responsive menu
  • Created member list via GitHub API
  • Refreshed branding and layout
  • Refactored all existing code (Jekyll)
Zach Morris from Saved by the Bell, on his clunky cell phone
Saved By the Text

Fun, TV nostalgia-themed app that sends an MMS to a user's phone number.

Accomplishments
  • Built with Ruby on Rails
  • Integrated Twilio API
  • Designed in Bootstrap
  • Javascript input validation
Skate boarder catching air on a half pipe
Skate Something

Mobile-focused web app where users can explore, collect, and share skate spots.

Accomplishments
  • Front-end development in Bootstrap
  • Contributed creative strategy and UX
  • Built dynamic templates using Jade
  • Worked with MVC framework, Node server
RI WiFi logo
RI WiFi

Sortable database of WiFi-enabled spots with details for laptop users.


Accomplishments
  • Ruby on Rails & Bootstrap
  • Google Maps API
  • Native Javascript geolocation
  • Dynamic CSS color coding
Cute kitten
Pinteresting

Lite Pinterest clone, where users can 'pin' photos, especially those of cats.

Accomplishments
  • Ruby on Rails & Bootstrap
  • Image upload with AWS
  • jQuery Masonry effect
  • User Authentication with Devise
Screenshot of Google map with pins on it
Shelter Finder

Web app that helps Boston teens find the nearest available short-term housing.

Accomplishments
  • Ruby on Rails backend API
  • AJAX query of Rails JSON
  • Custom Google Maps API integration
  • Automatic location/distance calculation
Chandon logo
Custom Social Feed

AJAX Twitter and Instagram feed of specific #hashtag posts.

Accomplishments
  • Fully customized jQuery plugin
  • Integrates Twitter and Instagram API
  • Matches Chandon's exact branding
  • Built into custom Tumblr theme
Header typography for Ryan and Christie wedding site
Guestlist Generator

Automatically converts RSVP submissions into wedding guestlist.

Accomplishments
  • Simple Wordpress shortcode
  • Pulls data from a customized form
  • Displays styled results on any page
  • Built with PHP and Wordpress functions
Andrew playfully posing with face half covered by laptop
Portfolio MadLibs

Have fun with my personal profile by replacing random words.

Accomplishments
  • Custom jQuery script
  • Hover and click actions
  • Pulls from random word array
  • Hours of fun!
Cidewalk logo
Cidewalk for Etsy

UI redeisgn of the popular mobile ad platform, styled for Etsy users.

Accomplishments
  • Restyled UI, design, and branding
  • Reorganized user process and flow
  • Built with Angular and Bootstrap
  • Original & Redesign
Brownborg Studios logo
Website Portfolio

Over a dozen powerful, easy-to-use CMS websites built for local and international clients.

Accomplishments
  • Customized themes and plugins
  • Wordpress, Squarespace & Tumblr
  • Fully responsive designs
  • Unique admin experiences

Skills

HTML

HTML5
Haml
Jade
Jekyll

CSS

CSS3
SASS
Bootstrap
Foundation
Materialize

Javascript

React
Javascript
jQuery
Angular
Node
Ionic

Back-End

Ruby
Rails
Minitest
PostgreSQL
MongoDB

Build Tools

Grunt
Gulp
Bower

CMS

Wordpress
Tumblr
Squarespace

Other

Github
Heroku
Photoshop
Final Cut Pro

Awards

Student Choice Award

Startup Institute - Full Time Web Development | April 2017

  • Awarded by students in the Full-Time Web Development track to one instructor as recognition for "outstanding teaching, listening, mentoring."

Inspired By You Award

WeSpire | June 2016

  • Quarterly award given to a team member who exemplifies WeSpire's purpose, vision, and values, goes above and beyond in their role to make a particularly positive impact on the company.

Owl Award

Startup Institute | April 2016

  • Given to an alumnus who "continually gives back to the Startup Institute community with true humility, despite everyone knowing how awesome he is."

Honorable Mention

West Philly Homebrew Competition | May 2013

  • Neightborhood beer enthusiasts voted on their favorite local home-brewed beer. “Goldilocks" won in the "People's Choice" category.

Dean's Scholar

University of Pennsylvania | April 2013

  • One of only 20 students in the School of Arts & Sciences nominated by faculty for "outstanding academic achievement and intellectual promise."

Employee of the Year

RHD-RI | Aug 2011

  • Nominated by management and coworkers for exceptional work ethic and dedication to clients.

Most Valuable Staff

RHD-RI | Dec 2010

  • Awarded to the staff that went above in beyond in preparation, effort, and sales at the Winter Art show.

Education

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA | 2011 - 2013

  • B.A. in Psychology
  • Summa Cum Laude

George Washington University

Washington, D.C. | 2001 - 2003

  • B.A. candidate

Contact

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