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About

Nice to e-meet you!

I'm kf Fellows, pronounced like the letters: kay eff. My pronouns are they/them.

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Bio

I'm a coder based in Portland, OR, where I've lived since 2015. Currently, I'm a Senior Data Engineer at Webflow.

I'm originally from Houston and spent my early 20s in San Francisco-Oakland. Previously, I’ve been a Staff Engineer, Tech Lead, and Engineering Manager, having worked for a handful of different companies: Ad Hoc, Turbine Labs, Splice, Simple, and Comcast.

For about half of my career, I’ve worked in analytics engineering, and the other half I’ve spent in site reliability engineering—applying analytics skills to engineering practices. In a past life, I did a lot of functional programming and gave dozens of professional trainings on programming in Clojure. I have always worked remotely, primarily on distributed, international teams, and I intend to continue that streak as long as possible!

I went to University of Houston-Clear Lake for undergrad in literature, math, and teaching, then went back to school part-time to study for an M.B.A. in business analytics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

In my spare time, I've served on the program committees for conferences like Strange Loop, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Clojure/West, and Philly ETE. I've also been a co-organizer of Open Source Bridge, formerly an annual conference in Portland for OSS contributors. Additionally, I co-organized both the Philly and Portland chapters of Papers We Love for several years.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I incorporate DEI into everything I do, but previously I have

  • Served on the board for Bridge Foundry, an umbrella nonprofit that provides workshops in programming languages for people from underrepresented backgrounds in tech. You may have attended one of our workshops through RailsBridge, ClojureBridge, ScalaBridge, or GoBridge.
  • Mentored and volunteered for Hackbright Academy, a code school for women and nonbinary people in San Francisco.
  • Mentored and volunteered for Techtonica, a nonprofit code school for low-income women and nonbinary people in San Francisco.
  • Mentored and served on the Fellows selection committee for Code2040, a nonprofit focusing on Black and Latinx racial equity in the tech industry.
  • Been an early key-holding member at Double Union, a feminist hackerspace for women and nonbinary people in San Francisco.
  • Been a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line, a nonprofit that provides SMS-based response for people in mental health crisis.
  • Given talks about software engineering at about a dozen different schools and programs for high school students in Portland.
  • Introduced the first junior engineers in the company at two of my previous tech jobs, Simple and Splice.

Currently, I am

  • A moderator for the Hackbright Academy alumni Slack.
  • A moderator for acab.lgbt, a Discord I started for (gender)queer, nonbinary, and trans computer folks. We're over 100 members and growing! 📈
  • An occasional industry volunteer for Portland State University's We in Computer Science student group.

I am very keen to help out just about any group working on DEI, particularly in the STEM sphere. Please reach out via one of the social networks below if you think I could be useful!

Links

🐦 Twitter

🐙 GitHub

🎶 Spotify

👩🏼‍💼 LinkedIn