About Me

View from Pao de Açucar, in Rio de Janeiro

I’ve spent most of my life working with the written word. After getting my degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley, I went on to become a professional editor and writer, often living and working abroad. As a freelancer, I’ve worked on more than 100 nonfiction books, many of them written by and about women. I’ve also worked as a guidebook author for Lonely Planet (under my maiden name), specializing in the former Soviet Union.

In 2013, while researching for a novel about a female programmer, I took a Coursera MOOC on Python. It was then that I realized I’d missed my calling: Coding has everything I love about editing (structure, analysis, language, logic, parsing, debugging, refactoring) but is more intellectually stimulating. I immediately shifted focus and became fully devoted to learning everything I can about software development. In 2014, I was happily accepted into Hackbright Academy, a ten-week full-stack software engineering fellowship for women.

My first job out of Hackbright was as a Growth engineer at SurveyMonkey; I now work at Credit Karma on the Experimentation team.

Twitter: @doubledherin

Github: doubledherin

LinkedIn: /in/wendydherin

Write me with questions about Hackbright at my gmail account: my first and last name, with no dot in between.