I'm an American artist who ended up in France, teaching people how to code. How'd that happen?
I studied art and architecture at Brown University (B.A.), Sotheby's (M.A.), and Université Paris-Sorbonne. Art had always been my thing, and I'd never really thought past it!
I started exploring tech while writing my master's thesis and working full-time at Kickstarter with artists and makers. It felt important to understand how a platform that enabled such creativity worked behind the scenes, so once I submitted my thesis, I filled my nights and weekends with learning to code. I dove into coding so fervently that I eventually moved to the Kickstarter engineering team full-time. You can read more about this transition from the arts to coding in this interview.
At Kickstarter, I developed a passion for translation and international experiences online. For a company Hack Day, I even built a French version of Kickstarter called Kicksartre. This was a sign of French things to come!
After Kickstarter, I wrote Ruby code for Blue Bottle ("the Apple of coffee") in the Bay Area. I worked on cool projects like internationalization and site redesigns and enjoyed exploring San Francisco and Oakland.
I then moved to Paris, France, where I've taught more than 135,000 people how to code and design in English and French at OpenClassrooms, Europe's largest online education platform. I'm also the director of Women Who Code Paris and have spoken at various meetups and at Google about education and technology. You can read about my life as a teacher in this Le Monde article (in French) or in my Medium post (in English).
My whole career has been spent in tech, not despite my arts background, but because of it. Creativity and technology can go much further hand-in-hand. Learning is also the bomb, so bringing all sorts of people into tech is my favorite part of what I do. This is the best way we can make sure tech solves more problems than it creates.
Outside of work, I love running, being outdoors, hiking, camping, dancing, drawing, cooking tasty vegan food, writing nice cards and letters, and reading one book per week.
Let me know how you think we should work together!