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.
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.