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, where I worked for a year and a half. I then joined Credit Karma, where my major contributions were to projects that included building company’s in-house experimentation platform, launching a new Mortgage vertical, and internationalizing the core product for the launch of the UK version of Credit Karma. In January 2021, I joined Reforge.com, an incredibly fast-growing and exciting career-education platform led and taught by some of the top leaders in the tech space.