what am i up to now?

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The /now page (got the inspiration from the homie Jacky, by way of Derek Siver’s now movement).

as of 1/1/2021


90 Days at Coursera!
I started my journey at Coursera roughly 3 months ago! I am the Senior Engineering Manager for the Core Learner Platform team, sitting at a critical part of the learner journey. As a long time user, I'm excited to play a part in building world-class learning platforms with such awesome, motivated and knowledgable teammates.

Instructor, Full Stack Web Development @ UCLA Extension
My studuents just finished their first projects, about 8 weeks in, in our Full Stack Web Development bootcamp. Even after 3 years, and multiple cohorts, of instruction, I am always amazed by how people come together and put some of their newfound skills to the test with a self-guided project. 3.5 short weeks to go!

CarbonFibre Ltd. https://carbonfibreltd.com - A creative consultancy co-founded by myself and 2 partners, focused on collaborating with brands doing dope ish to tell their stories in an authentic fashion. We have over 40 years combined of experience in various industries at marquee brands, covering process management, multinational product lines, multi-million dollar revenue consumer and retail business, branding and marketing expertise at the enterprise, startup & small busines levels, and world-class technological services.

Advisor, Bloc Software. I've been brought on by the wonderful team at Bloc Software to advise leadership on technical product and scale challenges, as well as partnering with the Senior Advisor of Strategy and Brand on cross-functional opportunities as well.

Bloc is a workforce program multiplier, aiding in allowing services and initiatives in serving job seekers faster, more efficiently and at any scale.


Board Member, Bay Area Inspires Awards
My second cohort/third year serving on this wonderful board, helping guide and shepherd grants to Bay Area initiatives founded by individuals aged 19-27, aiming to serve the greater communities of San Francisco, Alameda and San Mateo counties. In 2020, I'll be supporting an awardee who's focused on bringing wellness and exposure to pathways into technology in underserved and underrepresented communities in the Bay Area.

STEM Advisor, Board Member, International Girls Academy I've been fortunate to join this highly motivated and awesome collection of people helping to advance health, education and empowerment for girls and young women across the US. I function as the STEM Advisor, helping to setup learning platforms and curriculum for the girls to be able to explore pathways into careers in technology.


Member, O2 Squad, /dev/color.

4 String Bass Self-paced, learning the 4 string bass through a couple of means, notably Rocksmith 2014, YouTube, and considering private lessons.

Data Engineering Bootcamp, Tura Labs


I’m currently studying for my Precision Nutrition Level I certification course.


HBR’s 10 Must Reads: On Managing Yourself

N. K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy

Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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