Jurawa Hallen

Full stack web developer with a passion for photography, design and user experience. Focused on building creative, sustainable web applications and architecting the infrastructure to support them. Enthusiastic about collaboration, agile principles and learning new technologies.

165 Albion Street San Francisco, CA 94110
617-610-0089 jurawa@gmail.com jurawa.com

Technical Skills & Tools

Back-end: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, Python

Front-end: HTML & Haml, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, jQuery, Spine, CSS & SCSS, Bootstrap, Responsive Design, UI, UX

DevOps & System Administration: Ansible, Docker, Joyent, AWS, Shell Scripting, Fastly, Nginx, Passenger, HAProxy

Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, Redis, Memcached, Elasticsearch, MongoDB

Testing & Optimization: RSpec, Capybara, Jasmine, Continuous Integration, Optimizely, New Relic

Process: Git & GitHub, Agile Development, Test & Behavior Driven Development

Professional Experience

True&Co, San Francisco, CA Full Stack Web Developer
June 2012 - February 2016
  • Developed and maintained trueandco.com, across all layers of the stack: DevOps / systems administration, server-side development, database management, front-end development and UX/UI/graphic design.
  • Architected cloud server infrastructure on Joyent: used Ansible, Docker and custom scripting to grow from 1 to 20+ distributed servers implementing SOA principles.
  • Implemented hundreds of features within the core Rails codebase including: encapsulation of business logic using state machines, custom payment integrations (Stripe / Paypal), authentication (Authlogic / Devise / OAuth 2.0 / custom CAS), internal administration (Active Admin), search (Elasticsearch / Searchkick), and external API integrations (third-party logistics / Facebook Login / FedEx).
  • Managed and optimized cluster of database & caching services: MySQL, MongoDB, Memcached, Redis.
  • Designed and developed front-end features using HTML5, Haml, CSS / SASS, responsive design principles and Javascript frameworks including jQuery, Backbone / Spine, Underscore and Meteor.
  • Collaborated with the design team: UX & UI concerns, AB testing (Optimizely), and optimization of designs.
  • Directed release cycle: managed development, staging, test and production environments, continuous integration (Solano, CircleCI), and deploy processes & scripting.
  • Practiced agile development principles: sprints, standups, pairing, TDD / BDD, retrospectives.
Jurawa Design, New York, NY & San Francisco, CA Contract Web Developer
November 2010 - February 2014
  • Designed and developed customized CMS based websites: focus on efficacy, simplicity, style and user experience.
  • Managed client IT needs: server implementation and configuration, web hosting.
  • Collaborated with design firms and managed independent designers & developers.
  • Projects included: Learned Evolution, Job Fusion, Orchard Lounge & The Meta Agency. Portfolio: jurawa.com/portfolio
The New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York, NY Coordinator, Web Communications and Graphic Arts Events and Communications Coordinator
August 2008 - March 2012
  • Managed web presence: technical development, hosting, content supervision, email marketing and eNewsletter campaigns, social media.
  • Produced and coordinated graphic design across 5 departments: in-house design for web and print, managed relationships with freelancers and vendors.
  • Executed full-site redesign and CMS upgrade in-house: savings exceeding 30k.
  • Planned and produced 10+ events per year, including the NYSCF Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference, an internationally recognized scientific meeting drawing over 400 delegates.


The George Washington University, Washington, DC Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
September 2004 - May 2007
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand | Accademia Italiana, Florence, Italy Study Abroad Programs: Philosophy | Graphic Design, Photography, Fine Arts
Fall 2005, Fall 2006