I am a web developer with 19 years of work experience and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science who is looking for interesting problems and building software for the public good. I specialize in backend architectures and reliable APIs for important purposes. I live in the DC area, but I am also an experienced and ruthlessly efficient remote worker accustomed to working with distributed teams.
Ruby/Ruby on Rails
Mac OS X/ Linux server
Amazon Web Services
Effective remote worker
Great communication skills
Plays well with others
Concerned about inclusion
Innovation Specialist, 18F18F is a “government startup” that operates within the General Services Administration and consults to build software products for other federal agencies as clients.
MyUSA I joined the team on this prototype system for basic single-sign-on that allowed users to avoid typing the same fields and also control what information they share with government websites
Micro-purchase I worked with team on website that lets government employees commission software development through open auctions beneath the basic federal procurement thresholds
FBI Crime Data Explorer I joined the project in progress to learn Python and work with Open Data. I have worked as part of the API team, creating and optimizing endpoints for the explorer site and power users.
Confidential Survey I developed a prototype for surveying our team about its diversity without collecting individual response records that could betray someone’s privacy
Senior Software Architect, The New York TimesIn 2007, I was a co-founder of the Interactive Newsroom Technologies Team, a startup-like group embedded within the newsroom that creates news-driven web applications on agile timeframes.
Elections (2008-2014) I helped develop the system in 2008 for loading election data from the AP. I then expanded it for 2010, 2012, 2013 (NYC mayor) and 2014 election years. In 2012, I helped formulate strategy for more dynamic coverage online and developed a modular API-based approach for providing data to various parts of the site.
Olympics Results (2010/2012) I was part of team building a system to load Olympics data from the IOC and update the Times’ Olympics site in near-realtime. Helped architect successor built for 2012/2014.
Wikileaks War Logs I created internal website tools used by reporters to better understand the data. I also contributed research and pitched a graphic to accompany a story on the deaths in Baghdad.
@nytimes Twitter Account I created the @nytimes twitter account (among others) and built the software that feeds them from RSS feeds
Times Haiku I built the bot for finding haiku within New York Times articles and a Tumblr-based backend for moderating them
Software Developer, Alacra, Inc.Alacra resells financial content from over 80 different databases to financial and legal firms. My role there was R&D and rapid development, particularly combining content from these databases.