Resume

Education

2015 MFA Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR
2008 BFA Painting/Drawing, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Skills

React.js, node.js, Django/Python, Postgres, Mongo, Sass, Gulp.js, Grunt.js, HTML5, Javascript, JQuery, Ember.js, WordPress, 3rd party apis: Hubspot, Twitter, Yummly, OpenLibrary. AWS: Route 53, EC2, S3. Hosting: Pantheon, Heroku, WP Engine.

Job Experience

PlusPlus.co, Contract Developer, January 2019 – May 2019
Previously known as  Marakana and Twitter University, PlusPlus offers knowledge sharing tools for training and educating teams across large organizations. I am helping their marketing department with a website redesign by creating custom WordPress Templates.

Contract Web Developer, Qadium.com January 2018 – April 2018
I was brought on to Qadium’s team to support their corporate website built in React. Added new content and cleaned up the CSS, making the site more responsive and mobile friendly. Maintained jest tests and improved build scripts in gulp.js. They brought me on to maintain their current site and to help them transition into a stack that would better serve the marketing team’s needs and free up the app team from having to be involved in corporate site updates and build process. Researched new stack options and presented my findings to the VP of Engineering and the Marketing Director. Built out the new corporate website in WordPress using Sass, Bootstrap, and Gulp, hosted on Pantheon. Used JIRA integrated with Github for issue tracking.

Mentor, Grader, Tech Coach – Thinkful.com January 2018 – Present
Thinkful offers bootcamp-style online courses in UX design, web development,  and data science. Web development students develop portfolio work in React.js, Node.js, Express, and PostgresSQL as well as developing a strong foundation in git, vanilla Javascript, 3rd party APIS, CSS, and HTML. As a one-on-one mentor for students in the Flexible Web Development Bootcamp, I support mentees by reviewing their work and enriching their course materials by comparing the concepts they are learning to real world examples. I teach in-person classes at Free Geek on Twitter API and Basic Javascript projects. As a UX/design mentor I help students with competitive analysis, user stories, user personas, wireframes, user flows, prototypes, user testing and design iteration, final designs, and font-end development for those designs.

Contract Web Development, BusinessBlocks.com – May 2017 – December 2017
Web development for BusinessBlocks.com website. Worked closely with in-house designer on website updates to WordPress site, Hubspot templates, and HubSpot API integration with forms. Aided in the research, planning and execution of a transition from a WordPress site to a Django/Python site. Built out Sass, Bootstrap 4 layouts, Gulp scripts, and HTML for new site templates. Technologies and services: WordPress, Django/Python, grunt.js, sass, docker, AWS Route 53, S3, EC2, WP Engine, Heroku.

Freelance Design and Development, Remote Work 2010 – 2015
Web Development for Zwingit marketing website hosted on AWS. We Development for House of Bagels custom WordPress website. Designed, developed and maintained websites for a host of Portland small businesses (Button Consignment, Jolene Kelly LMT, The Baker and the Book, Woodlawn Swap n Play). Created custom WordPress templates. Attention to search engine optimization and google analytics results is a big part of the development process and maintenance of my client’s websites.

Presentation Layer Developer – Williams-Sonoma, Inc. – San Francisco June 2008 – July 2010
Responsible for updating and expanding presentation layer of west elm website. Worked closely with Java developers, quality assurance team, creative team, product manager and project manager located throughout the United States through conference calls, IM, and email. Created and managed marketing campaigns using Omniture (Adobe Analytics). Delivered time estimates for releases. Crafted designs in CSS and JSP for new website section templates. Ensured browser compatibility. Technologies: Freemarker, IBM Websphere, CVS, JSP, Dojo, Maven.

Web Developer – Singlebound Creative – San Francisco, CA July 2006 – February 2008
Web development, user experience design, and site maintenance. Clients include Men’s Wearhouse, Blanc & Otus, The Nature Conservancy, Mig33, Ztail. Technologies: CSS, HTML, Ajax, JavaScript, JSP. Experience with transforming Photoshop and Illustrator designs into template systems including Drupal, vBullentin, and Tyepad. Worked with designer Andi Planteberg.

Web Developer – Gap Inc. Direct – San Francisco, CA Nov 2004 – March 2005
Developed internal marketing tools using JSP Struts, Tiles. Gained a great deal of experience with JSTL, DisplayTag, Struts validation. Developed a clean, simple, easy to use UI utilizing CSS, DHTML, Struts/Tiles and creativity. Wrote Java code when necessary, especially around ActionForms where Struts validation wouldn’t cut it. Environment: IBM Websphere, Merant Dimensions.

Web Developer – Timbuk2 – San Francisco, CA July 2003 – Nov 2004
Involved in a multi-tiered redesign of the Timbuk2 ecommerce website. Involved in all aspects of the site from design to development with an emphasis on the Front End. Created content, photos and graphics. Created color overlays for bag photos using Photoshop. Chopped and created graphics in Photoshop and Illustrator. Coded site templates and created file structure. Hand coded JSP, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. created all the catalog entries in PostgresSQL. The site is hosted on a server running JBoss, Apache and Tomcat using Struts/Tiles Framework with PostgresSQL database.
 Environment: Linux Red Hat Development box. Developed mainly on my Mac using BBedit and Samba, and the Mac Terminal.

Web Developer, Yahoo! – Sunnyvale, CA May 2002 – May 2003 – Contractor
Developed Promotional pages for SBC Yahoo! DSL and Dial websites, FIFA World Cup soccer, Ford Gorge Games, Major League Lacrosse. Trained new contractor on Yahoo! internal development tools and processes. Created IMVironment for SBC Yahoo! Using Yahoo!’s in-house development tool and DHTML, HTML, Javascript, CSS, some graphics production and design work. Coded html emails for cross-platform email client compatibility. Tools used: BBedit, Homesite, SSH client, ImageReady, Photoshop, Flash MX, Unix.

Web Production Manager – Guru, Inc. San Francisco, CA July 99 – January 2001
Hired and managed a team of Production Engineers. Responsible for all HTML on the site. Developed guidelines for nomenclature, directory structure, jhtml practices, build process. Trained production engineers and freelancers in ATG Dynamo, Unix, CVS, HTML. Attended ‘ATG Dynamo for HTML developers’ and ‘ATG Dynamo for Java developers I and II’ classes at ATG.

Other Projects

Board Member – Computer Science Advisory Committee at Franklin H.S. 2017 – 2018
Advisor to Franklin H.S. Computer Science program. Aid with curriculum development and outreach to help develop the program. Give talks to High School students and prospective middle school students about careers in tech with an emphasis on improving the percentages of women in tech.

Principle, Web Developer, Verge PDX, Portland OR 2016 – Present
Verge PDX is my curatorial project. All aspects of Development design, and marketing are done by me. Developed verge website in Ember.js using ember-bootstrap and ember-lightbox. Verge is a curatorial platform and artist marketing service located in Portland, Oregon. Verge manages regularly rotating art shows of emerging artists in Portland businesses. Technologies: Ember.js, Gulp.sj, Sass/css,

Writing

Contributing Writer: Austin Startups, Portland OR, 2017
Wrote article about the progress towards Gender Equality in Tech. The article takes a look at where we are now, how we got here and which organizations are trying to do something about it.

Book Author: Unofficial Guide to Photoshop CS2, John Wiley & Sons – April 2006
This 720 page, comprehensive guide to Photoshop CS2 covers basic to intermediate features as well as a healthy helping of insider secrets for professional image making. Topics include: masking techniques, web design, preparing files for professional print, getting the most out of your inkjet printer, advanced type tutorials, color correction, and Camera Raw.

Contributing Writer, Webmonkey.com, San Francisco, CA – July 2001 – January 2006
Articles included: Camera Raw Exposed, JavaScript Slideshow, Intro to .JHTML.

Links

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alanna-risse-portland/
Portfolio: http://portfolio.alannarisse.com
GitHub: https://github.com/alannarisse