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About Rachel

Rachel is a professional writer and Tibetan Buddhist scholar turned software developer.

In 2013, after building websites for over ten years, Rachel taught herself Python and Ruby through Team Treehouse and Coursera. She then enrolled in Bloc's Fullstack Web Development Boot Camp.

Rachel spent the winter of 2014/15 on the island of Crete, Greece, where she completely focused on her studies, finished four Rails projects, and completed the program. She then went to work as a fullstack Ruby on Rails developer for a financial tech company in Northern California.

Rachel was part an award-winning two-person team that is about to launch an SEC/FINRA compliant chat app for financial advisors. She was responsible for the fully responsive user interface, as well as some backend development. In addition, she re-designed the UI of Redtail Technology's internal web app and coded it up. After a year of service, she was promoted to sole front end developer for the company.

Rachel volunteered as an instructor for Women Who Code in Sacramento. She has also spoken as a representative of Latinas in STEM on a panel for FEM Tech at UC Berkeley, discussing life as a web developer.

Her passion for teaching led her to become a mentor for the web development boot camp Thinkful, where she mentors students in HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript (Node & React), and Ruby on Rails, while providing strategies and tips on how to build successful careers as software developers.

In addition to being a fullstack Rails developer, Rachel decided to become a fullstack JavaScript developer. She was accepted to one of the top web development coding boot camps in the country, Fullstack Academy, and offered a full scholarship through Women Who Code. She enjoyed coding six days a week in Fullstack's first remote immersive cohort.

Now Rachel is working as a software developer for an entertainment company where she has been tasked with rewriting the frontend of their main project in React. Which company, you ask? Stay tuned for the big reveal!

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Rachel started pursuing higher education when she was 16 years old at UCSB. She took her first graduate level class when she was 18.

Fullstack Academy

Rachel was accepted to the competitive fullstack Javascript web development boot camp on a full scholarship through Women Who Code for their first remote immersive cohort.


Rachel completed a fullstack online web development bootcamp in Ruby on Rails, half while working full-time and the other half while living abroad in Greece.

UC Santa Barbara

Rachel was a philosphy major and history minor. She earned a 3.4 cumulative GPA and graduated at age 20.

Cambridge University

Rachel earned a 4.0 GPA at the 2002 UC Education Abroad Program in upper-division history and philosophy courses.

Maitripa College

Rachel earned a 4.0 in a graduate-level summer intensive in the Classical Tibetan language. She began in the beginner class and nine weeks later finished the course in the advanced class.



  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • JavaScript
  • Node.js
  • ReactJS
  • Redux
  • Express.Js
  • Data structures
  • SQL & Postgres
  • Sequelize
  • ActiveRecord
  • Mocha/Chai
  • API integration
  • Ajax
  • Sass
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • Responsive design
  • Media queries
  • Git/GitHub
  • Heroku
  • AWS
  • WordPress



Fullstack JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and WordPress projects. To see the code, visit Rachel's GitHub account.

Working Women Advocates

A ​ReactJS app using Material Design where working women securely connect with advocates for support and guidance. Won an award. See the presentation.


Built on Ruby on Rails. A ​social network for owners of Jack Russell/Chihuahua mixes. Predominantly through photo galleries. A personal project.

Non-Office Jobs

A ​community where users discuss non­-office jobs, find job mentors, and peruse non-­office job listings. Rachel's capstone project for Bloc.

Cookie Monsters

An e-commerce site selling delicious cookies built with ReactJS. Backend on PostgreSQL with Express and Sequelize. Fullstack Academy team project.

Chuck Norris Quotes

Generate Chuck Norris quotes and then tweet them out. Project for FreeCodeCamp.


WordPress site featuring Argentina’s former #1 men’s professional tennis player, Juan Martin del Potro. Within three months had all-access press pass to cover his tournament where he was defending his title against Roger Federer in Switzerland.



Women Who Code - Sacramento

March 2016 Instructor for four sessions teaching HTML & CSS at VSP in Rancho Cordova, CA. Presentation slides

May 2016 Instructor for Build a Personal Website class at Intel in Folsom, CA. Presentation slides

Latinas in STEM

April 2016 Sat on FEM Tech Panel at UC Berkeley and discussed life as a web developer.


In The Media

The Thinkful Podcast

Ben and Darrell talk with Rachel Bird about how she navigates creating a tech network. From Latinas in STEM to Twitter, Rachel gives advice and encouragement to women who code.

Tech Talk: Blockchain

Rachel gives an introduction to blockchain technology, and how it applies to cryptocurrency. She explores other applications for blockchain and explains how you can get started building your own dapp with Ethereum. Link to the slides

Rachel in the News

NBC News Latina Engineers Push to Defy Odds in Tech and Increase Their Numbers Read

Articles published by Hackernoon, Thinkful and SheNomads

June 2016 This is for struggling web dev boot camp grads Read

November 2016 For first time developers: Signs you probably shouldn’t work for that company - Published by Thinkful Read

December 2016 The Traveling Developer - Published by SheNomads Read

December 2016 A Debugging Murder Mystery Dinner - Published by Hackernoon Read

June 2017 Web dev bootcamp grads: Things to know when starting your first dev job Read

October 2017 A Saved By the Bell Debugging Mystery Read

Rachel wrote, edited, and self-published two novels in one year. She landed her first literary agent shortly thereafter. Want to check out her first novel? It's available on Kindle.

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How To Get In Touch


Located in California

Email : rachel@rachelbird.com