Hello there! My name is Brenda and I am a front end developer and designer. I am based in New York City, which has been my home for 10 years. I was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and have also lived in London and Italy.

Besides a love for all things web, my interests include pop culture and pop music (the good kind and the so-bad-it's-good kind), theatre, dance, football & baseball, karaoke, and online shopping (I consider it job research).
You can check out my portfolio below, and feel free to reach out to me with any comments. I am currently not taking on any new projects.

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Recent Experience

thoughtbot – New York, NY

Designer & Front End Developer
June 2014 – present

Levo League – New York, NY

Lead Front End Developer/Designer
September 2012 – January 2014

  • Senior front end developer at career advice and social networking start-up Levo League. Responsibilities include establishing standards for front end development, ensuring code quality and cross-browser compatibility, assist with design and project management in an agile development environment.
  • Noteable achievements: implemented a live style guide to help developers build efficiently while also maintaining design consistency, persuaded the business to convert the website to a responsive layout when rebranding and also built the new site layout, promoted object oriented css programming.

Freelance Designer/Developer
August 2005 – present

The Runthrough – New York, NY
  • Redesigned the website for The Runthrough — a custom built e-commerce style site that connects stylists and magazine editors to fashion and jewelry designers to request samples and images for events, photo shoots and editorial use.
Pratima Spa – New York, NY
  • Designed a Magento e-commerce site for the spa’s skin care line, Pratima Skincare. Assisted in development of site (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP) and with customizing and configuring Magento settings for the store.
  • Build and maintain the spa’s email newsletter campaign, and design and build promotional newsletters for distribution through Mail Chimp.
Pix Design – New York, NY

Designer/Developer
April 2011 – April 2012

  • Lead web designer in a boutique design firm. Also responsible for overseeing and managing web projects. Projects included design of the website for energy drink brand HyDrive Energy, design and managing development on a luxury jewelry e-commerce site for Port-Au-Gem, design for a responsive vintage jewelry e-commerce site Cleo Walker, and design and front end development for the newly defined Manhattan neighborhood, NoMad.
  • Assist the print designers with packaging, promotional materials and various other print projects as needed.
Disney Publishing Worldwide – White Plains, NY

Marketing Designer
April 2009 – April 2011

Technical Skills

Advanced knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, SASS, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Experience with JavaScript, jQuery, Ruby on Rails, PHP, Backbone.js, GIT, Compass, Cucumber, Capybara, Jasmine, RSpec, Optimizely (for A/B testing), MixPanel, various Content Management Systems and e-Commerce Platforms (WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Ubercart, Lightspeed).

Education

Fashion Institute of Technology, AAS in Communication Design, Magna Cum Laude
California State University, Chico, BA Psychology minor in Italian
California State University International Programs, Florence, Italy