I am an engineering leader and manager, who’s been building software and leading teams since 2001. I am passionate about growing engineering teams, especially those focused on developing core infrastructure components essential to the operation of the engineering teams. My area of research and curiosity centers on how organizational culture is developed, cultivated and shaped and devour as much as I can on this subject. My technical background is strongly routed in Java, as well as the growing space of developer productivity.
Prior to Netflix, I was the Director of DevOps, for Blackboard Learn (their flagship product). As Director of DevOps, I was responsible for the build and test infrastructure, as well as the development tooling. In addition to managing the DevOps team, I was charged with coaching senior management, engineering and QA on how to migrate Blackboard Learn towards continuous delivery.
I began my career in the Washington, D.C. metro area as a software engineer consulting for the federal government. I started out at Booz Allen Hamilton where I cut my teeth building software solutions for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command and the National Science Foundation. My passion to build automation, continuous integration and test automation was cultivated here. In 2009 I joined Excella Consulting, where I was immersed in the world of Agile software development. At Excella, I began to My Continuous Delivery journey, automating deployment pipelines for customers.