About

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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and taught myself front-end development and visual design for fun early on, which proved to be incredibly helpful, since colleges hadn’t yet caught up to the internet when I needed to find gainful full-time employment. However, my favorite focus turned out to be all things user experience and thinking about how people interact with sites.

Previously, I designed at OkCupid Labs, Idealist.org, and Upworthy. I've also written pieces for Model View Culture and The Pastry Box and spoken at a few events.

Lately, I've been exploring social impact work and ways to boost up underrepresented folks in the tech industry. At the moment, I run a social change conference called Affect and am the board president of tech diversity nonprofit Stumptown Syndicate.

Outside of work, I like to read and sing—I've participated in a karaoke contest, tried out for The Voice twice, and attempted to compose songs (with poor results). Currently, I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband and furry pets.

If you're into Twitter, you can say hi @elea.