What You Want To Know
Rachel is a professional writer and Tibetan Buddhist scholar turned software developer.
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 full stack 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 volunteers 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.
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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.
Rachel completed a full stack online web development bootcamp in Ruby on Rails, half while working full-time and the other half while living abroad in Greece.
Rachel was a philosphy major and history minor. She earned a 3.4 cumulative GPA and graduated at age 20.
Rachel earned a 4.0 GPA at the 2002 UC Education Abroad Program in upper-division history and philosophy courses.
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.
Full stack Ruby on Rails projects and one WordPress project. To see the code, visit Rachel's GitHub account.
A community where users discuss non-office jobs, find job mentors, and peruse non-office job listings. Rachel's capstone project for Bloc.
A community where users share their Jack Russell/Chihuahua mixes predominantly through photo galleries. A personal project.
Users create self-destructing todo lists that use a rake task to destroy todos if they are not marked complete after seven days. A Bloc project.
A Wikipedia clone that accepts Stripe payments for account upgrades. A Bloc project.
Social bookmarking with email integration using Mailgun, Omniauth for Facebook login, and Embedly for URL previews. A Bloc project.
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.
April 2016 Sat on FEM Tech Panel at UC Berkeley and discussed life as a web developer.
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.
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
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.
What People Say About
[Rachel] seems to have that special knack for quality that seems to be the mark of an exceptional developer: she understands that quality for quality's sake a is a worthwhile pursuit. She would rather work hard than settle for subpar performance.
Michael Pell (Bloc mentor)
[Rachel] is dedicated, driven, fast learner and a self-starter. She's a joy to be around and is very passionate about building amazing user experiences in Ruby on Rails.
Jose Sanchez (Bloc mentor)
Rachel worked for my non-profit volunteering as an instructor for HTML/CSS for a month. Besides being extremely knowledgeable in these languages, she was also able to instruct well, addressing the concerns and questions of each attendee. Her teaching method was creative involving hands-on training for the attendees using HTML framework she had already created for them to play around in. She is efficient and has very good technical skills - sure to excel in any technical field.
Shruti Sethi (Women Who Code Sacramento)
Rachel motivates and encourages everyone to do their best.
Curtis Ware (Subject Matter Expert, Redtail Technology)
I have worked with Rachel on several individual projects ranging from web development to digital marketing. I can attest that Rachel is a highly intelligent individual with a tenacity to get things done. She's extremely well versed in web development and has a very skilled style of writing unique content. I look forward to any opportunity to work with Rachel in the future.
Javier Ronchietto (Digital Marketer & Growth Hacker)
How To Get In Touch
Located in Northern California
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