About

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I'm passionate about solving problems, learning by doing, and giving back to the community. My tutorial for setting up a Ruby on Rails development environment on a Mac has helped thousands of people since 2012. The process is now automated via my popular script.

I have extensive experience across both government and private sectors, and helped shape best practices on various engineering teams.

I'm currently a consultant at Truss, a distributed-first, mission-driven company based in San Francisco (I work remotely from Virginia). I helped shape Rails best practices on the Caseflow project, and made the test suite almost 3 times as fast. Caseflow makes it easier and faster to track and process claims submitted by U.S. Veterans, so they can receive benefits that help improve their health.

Prior to that, I spent four years at 18F, where I led the analytics effort on login.gov (source code), and helped shape best practices on the Engineering team.

Prior to joining 18F, I was developing Ohana API, an open source project that makes it easy to publish and maintain an open directory of community resources using the Open Referral data standard. I started Ohana API with Anselm Bradford and Sophia Parafina during our Code for America Fellowship in 2013. Ohana API was one of seven winners (out of 628 entries) in the Knight News Challenge: Health, and was featured in several media outlets (PBS NewsHour, Los Angeles Times, SF Examiner).

In 2014, I also provided Ruby on Rails and QA consulting to OpenCounter and Crowdpac.

Before joining Code for America, I led the Automation effort for the AOL Mobile team, focusing on iOS automated testing using Calabash, Cucumber, Ruby, and Objective-C. My work at AOL resulted in an invitation to talk about iOS Automation with Calabash at the Mobile Testing Summit in San Francisco.

Music also plays an important role in my life. I used to DJ regularly between 1993 and 2011, opened (and coded) an online record store (Monfresh Recastow) in 2003, and hosted an online radio show between 2006 and 2011. You can listen to some of my favorite records on the Fresh Tunes section of monfresh.com, which also hosts all 209 episodes of Monfresh Sessions, along with many of my DJ mixes. I also used to run They Make Music, a site featuring interviews with various Dance Music artists.

Contact

Twitter: @monfresh

GitHub: monfresh

Email: My first name + my twitter handle + .com