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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 Full Stack Web Development boot camp while also working as a land development coordinator for San Luis Obispo's largest planned development.

After a couple of months, she decided to go all in. Rachel left her job and spent the winter of 2014/15 on the island of Crete, where she completely focused on her studies, finished four Rails projects, and completed the program. She 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 a 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 recently re-designed the UI of Redtail Technology's internal web app and coded it up.

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.

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, and Ruby on Rails, while providing strategies and tips on how to build successful careers as software developers.

Follow her @CodingLady



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

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.


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.



  • Ruby on Rails
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • Media queries
  • Sass
  • Bootstrap
  • MySQL
  • Responsive design
  • Git/GitHub
  • Heroku
  • WordPress



Full stack Ruby on Rails projects and one WordPress project. To see the code, visit Rachel's GitHub account.

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.


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.



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.

Advice For Web Development Boot Camp Grads

The popular article by Rachel that gives seven key pieces of advice for struggling web dev boot camp grads.

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 Sacramento, California

Email : rachel@rachelbird.com