Rachel Donovan

  • Somerville US-MA
Rachel Donovan

Technical Skills

  • Ruby on Rails
  • TDD using Rspec
  • Git
  • jQuery
  • Haml / Sass 
  • Backbone

Elsewhere Online


Pragmatic and entrepreneurial spirited developer who likes to ship code that make a positive impact on the world. 

Work experience

Work experience
Aug 2012 - Present

Dev Lead

Apr 2011 - Jul 2012

Web Developer


Key developer in collaborative consumption startup focusing on building a platform to help people share physical goods with people around them.

  • Transitioned app from initial css built with Blueprint to lean, module based css using Twitter Bootstrap. Changes greatly improved app speed and maintainability.
  • Reworked reservation process from reviewing pain points with users, to wireframes, design, data migrations, code, and final product.
  • Implemented Facebook login and various social sharing options.
2006 - Apr 2011

Project Manager


Held duel role of Project Manager / Web Developer on very small team building web applications for government and corporate clients. 

  • MassRides - Commute.com - Project manager and lead developer working with massRides to provide information to a wide audience, automate their processes, and write apps to promote their programs.
  • Quick.eclass - Product manager and developer for our new in-house elearning solution.
  • ASCA - Project Clearinghouse - Project manager and liason working with the ASCA team and various federal agencies to establish an information sharing and data portal for the corrections industry.
  • Linchris - Project manager for agile development of a hotel management company's internal communication system.
  • KY Department of Corrections - eLearning contract manager- Responsible for conducting user meetings, quarterly enhancements, and bug tracking.
  • NaphCare - Project manager for multi-year full service marketing contract. Sub-projects included website design and development, brochure design and printing, booth display, print ad creatives, and trafficking ads to various 3rd party media outlets.
2005 - 2006

Senior Production Specialist

Screened Images Multimedia

Responsible for functional specifications, wireframes, front-end web development (XHTML, CSS), minor programming tasks (SQL, ASP and .net), and direct participation on large contracts.

  • National Institute of Corrections – Satellite Broadcast Contract – Responsible for interfacing with client and vendors, maintaining an live sub site, technical assistance during broadcast, and marketing tasks.
  • Massachusetts Sheriffs Association – Paperless Civil Process Pilot Contract – Member of the Justice Information Technology Team participating in all phases of the project.
    • As-Is Analysis - Responsible for comprehensive as-is analysis, gaining knowledge of the civil process system, on-site interviews, business flows, creating and validating data matrices between counties, and validating data flow and IT infrastructure diagrams.
    • Pilot Planning – Interfacing with clients, consultants, staffing agencies, and developers. Creating functional specifications, wireframes, and web flows
    • Pilot Development – GUI creation for windows application and web interfaces. Development of portions of modules using .net, and C#.
    • Training and Deployment – Coordination of deployment tasks across participating counties. Creating and maintaining status report, user manuals. Installing and upgrading software in the field. Onsite training and problem solving.
2004 - 2005

Production Specialist

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Responsible for website buildout, demo presentations and training clients in use of Crimcast software.

  • Various clients - eLearning implementation - meeting with different facets of state governments and agencies to assess needs and facilitate the implementation of customizations. Responsible for training clients on course loading, training records functions, HTML, Dreamweaver, and optimizing graphics for the web. Clients include NCLETTC, Eastern Kentucky University, and KY Department of Corrections.
  • Perini - SVR admin – Key member of discovery group to create an intuitive report writer for large vendor database. Responsible for ux, buildout, and testing.

Web Development Intern

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Internship position responsible for web maintenance, project buildout, and banner ad creation.


1999 - 2004

B.S. in Communications Media

Fitchburg State College

 Concentration in Professional Communications and a minor in Computer Science