Emily Freeman grew up in the “swamp” as Trump lovingly refers to it. With politics in her blood, she chased after her dream of living out an episode of the West Wing. After four years of arguing — pretty much sums up a PoliSci degree — she left school disappointed that campaigns are more about recruiting 20-year-olds to live in poverty than it is to wine and dine Koch brothers.
Her dreams of Aaron Sorkin-level dialogue and Michelin-star dinners dashed, Emily took up ghostwriting. No, those bloggers you read with millions of followers don’t write their own articles. Sorry to disappoint.
After many years of typing, Emily had a slightly-older-than-quarterlife crisis and made the bold (insane?!) choice to switch careers into software engineering.
With no experience at all, she packed her six-month-old daughter, blind dog and a few boxes into her anti-mom mobile of a sports car and drove across the country to attend the Turing School of Software Development and Design in Denver.
Emily completed seven grueling months of code reviews, pair programming with people she didn’t like and learning Ruby on Rails. After falling in love with Denver, a city as vibrant as she is, Emily decided to stay and currently works as a software engineer at Wazee Digital.
In her (nonexistent) free time, Emily competes as a powerlifter, deadlifting over 265 pounds. Powerlifting has formed the foundation of her work ethic. Her value system is based on 10 principles which include: always show up, smile, appreciate slow progression, ask for help and never, ever give up.
Frameworks + Tools: Rails, Spring, Postgres, MySQL, MongoDB, Minitest, Rspec, JUnit, Swagger
Software Developer, Wazee Digital • 2016 – current
• Built RESTful APIs and services in Java
• Maintained legacy applications in Java and Ruby on Rails
• Managed hiring and on-boarding process
• Introduced Git, testing and documentation standards
Writer and Editor, Editing Emily • 2013 – 2015
Fundraising Manager, Offender Aid & Restoration • 2012 – 2013
Marketing Manager, Boot Buddie • 2009 – 2012
Public Relations Specialist, Florida Hospital • 2008 – 2009
Presented at: RevolutionConf, SyntaxCon, Boulder Python, DevOpsDays Madison, Nordic APIs Platform Summit, JavaDay Kiev, Denver Startup Week
Lactation Station • github.com/emilyfreeman/lactation-station
Detailed drug data for breastfeeding moms
• Built a RESTful API in Rails with parsed NIH data
• Consumed OpenFDA and Twitter APIs
• Used AJAX API calls and Rails caching to improve site performance
Sweeter Tweeter • emilydowdle.com/sweeter-tweeter
Twitter clone developed with Rails and the Twitter API
• Integrates with users’ Twitter accounts
• Utilized OAuth for user authentications
Turing School of Software & Design • 2015 – 2016
B.A. Political Science, University of Central Florida • 2004 – 2007