Visual Designer + Developer, Email Zillow Group
November 2016 - Current
Design Consultant Salesforce
September 2015 - November 2016
Production Consultant Salesforce
January 2014 - September 2015
Core Skills HTML, CSS, Photoshop, Illustrator, Litmus Builder, Balsamiq
Bachelor of Arts in Art, Option: Multimedia CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA
Associate of Science in Graphic Design Platt College, San Diego, CA
Additional studies at SFSU Extended Campus - Mobile Web UX/UI Design
By day, I was an Administrative Assistant. By night, I was a computer geek that spent just about every waking moment on the internet.
After running across and starting to read personal blogs online I decided to start one myself. Though blogging was a lot of fun, I realized I didn't like any of the premade templates being offered and it bothered me to just accept what was being offered.
That led me to try out Photoshop so I could put together some design ideas for my blog. I then realized someone had to actually code it up to make it work as an actual template, and thus I taught myself how to code.
After a few years of working and living in the Bay Area, I started to meet people who designed and coded websites for a living.
I then realized, why just stop with design and code as a hobby? I love(d) it so much that I was designing and coding in my free time, why not make a career out of it too?
I quit my job as an Administrative Assistant and went back to school for a formal education. I attended CSU East Bay and majored in Multimedia which included courses for web design and code.
A few short months after graduating, I attended my husband's company holiday party. While mingling, I met one of his co-worker's significant others (say that three times fast) who happened to work at Salesforce Marketing Cloud (formerly ExactTarget).
After asking me about my education, he mentioned that there was Production Consultant position open at ExactTarget that required skills very similar to mine and encouraged me to apply.
A few weeks later, I was hired. Though the initial learning curve was difficult, with some on-the-job training my skills in front-end web development were translated into email development. The unique challenges of email were incredibly satisfying to learn and my love for email was born.
After a year and some change of coding for email, I realized that I was starting to miss design. I loved the puzzle-like feel of the code process to bring a design to life, but I also loved the creativity of the design process. Doing both always felt so satisfying.
Fortunately, I learned about an internal Design Consultant position at Salesforce Marketing Cloud. The description was exactly what I was looking for: someone that enjoyed the combo of designing and coding for email. I worked a little over a year working with numerous amount of clients in various verticals.
Now I work in the B2B space helping improve design and building reusable modular email systems in Marketo. I am still loving everything email!
Blogging is what led to my love for design and code. I used to run a blog about geek fashion.
I've loved art since I was a kid. I still dabble in drawing with pencil, ink and sometimes vector drawing.
I also love video games (anything BioWare or Bethesda), Star Wars, Sci-Fi, comics and I attend comic/pop culture conventions.