Cheri Marie Allen || @cherimarie || ||


Leader with passion for teaching and community building.
Broad technical skill set, strong people skills, irrepressibly enthusiastic.

Technical Skills

Languages, Frameworks:Tools, Platforms:

  • Ruby Git
  • Rails TDD
  • HTML Jasmine
  • CSS Rspec
  • Javascript Postgres
  • Angular SQLite
  • Sinatra Heroku


Drift, Seattle WA02/2017-present

Energy Startup

Software Engineer

Glowforge, Seattle WA02/2016-08/2016

Hardware Startup

Software Engineer

Northwest Independent Ruby Development, Seattle WA06/2013-02/2016

Ruby on Rails consultancy

Software Developer

  • Deliver robust, well tested code
  • Develop greenfield Rails applications using best practices and modern tools
  • Maintain existing applications, working with clients' in-house development teams
  • Lead development teams for multiple projects
  • Work directly with clients from project definition through delivery
  • Collaborated with UI designers to create dynamic customer facting applications
  • Build curriculum for internal and external trainings on Angular and Rails

University of Washington, PCE, Seattle WA08/2014 - present

First section of a three-semester HTML & CSS certificate program

Adjunct Instructor

  • Develop curriculum appropriate for adult learners at a variety of experience levels
  • Teach HTML5 and CSS3 Fundamentals course
  • Provide mentoring and support to students in weekly open office hours
  • Participate in community outreach and student recruitment efforts

Ada Developers Academy, Seattle WA 10/2013 – 03/2014

Nonprofit programming school for women

Program Coordinator

  • Coordinated 60+ volunteers
  • Provided teaching assistance on Rails, Ruby, Git, Heroku, and related subjects
  • Assisted with curriculum planning and development
  • Planned and executed educational events for the public
  • Maintained and improved program web site (Jekyll platform) and blog

University of Washington, PCE, Seattle WA10/2013-01/2014

First section of a three-semester Ruby on Rails certificate program

Teaching Assistant

  • Assisted students in learning the Ruby language, through homework review and one-on-one coaching, both in the classroom and during outside office hours.


University of Washington06/2013

Certificate in Ruby on Rails Development


  • Rails app using Postgres database, deployed to Heroku, finds nutritionally complete meals for users based on their input. Created as part of a two person team.

  Project: library stats gem

  • Ruby gem to determine library loan statistics.

Seattle Central Community Collegecourses completed 06/2013

Certificate in Programming

  Project: Tech Interview Mastery for Women Seminar

  • Led team of four in organizing an one day event about job acquisition skills for students about to enter the tech industry. 20 community participants presented information to and interacted with the 80 student attendees, providing invaluable real world advice.

  Project: Wizard Name Generator

  • PHP based web app that randomly generates wizard names for user. Created as part of a four person team.

Florida Atlantic University05/2004

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Community Involvement

Girl Develop It 08/2013-present

Nonprofit organization that offers affordable, accessible technical education for women

Chapter Co-Leader, Instructor, Curriculum Contributor

  • Coordinate educational and social programming for membership of 2,000+
  • Recruit and coach instructors
  • Teach HTML, CSS, Git, Ruby, and Rails to classes of 10-20 women
  • Develop curriculum for a five week Ruby course and five week Rails course

Railsbridge 11/2012-present

Nonprofit, noncentralized organization that works to increase diversity in tech through education

Co-Organizer, Teaching Assistant

  • Assist 10 - 35 women with writing their first Rails app and deploying it to Heroku, including introduction to the command line, Ruby language, and Git & Github
  • Secure sponsorships and facilities

The Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library at Gay City01/2011-01/2015

6,000 volume, community-driven lending library at nonprofit focused on health and well-being of Seattle's LGBT population

Lead Librarian

  • Manage daily operations for library and its staff of 18 volunteers
  • Plan and execute community outreach events