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About Rachel

Rachel is a professional writer and Tibetan Buddhist scholar turned software developer.

In 2013, after building websites for over ten years, Rachel taught herself Python and Ruby through Team Treehouse and Coursera. She then enrolled in Bloc's Full Stack Web Development boot camp while also working as a land development coordinator for San Luis Obispo's largest planned development.

After a couple of months, she decided to go all in. Rachel quit her job and spent the winter of 2014 on the island of Crete, where she completely focused on her studies, finished four Rails projects, and completed the program. She now works as a full stack Ruby on Rails developer for a financial tech company in Northern California.

Rachel is on an award-winning two-person team that is about to launch a SEC/FINRA compliant chat app for financial advisors. She is responsible for the fully responsive user interface, as well as some backend development. She is also excited to have recently joined Latinas in STEM, and looks forward to working with their professional development program.



Rachel started pursuing higher education when she was 16 years old at UCSB. She took her first graduate level class when she was 18.

UC Santa Barbara

Rachel was a philosphy major and history minor. She earned a 3.4 cumulative GPA and graduated at age 20.

Cambridge University

Rachel earned a 4.0 GPA at the 2002 UC Education Abroad Program in upper-division history and philosophy courses.


Rachel earned a 4.0 in a graduate-level summer intensive in the Classical Tibetan language. She began in the beginner class and nine weeks later finished the course in the advanced class.


Rachel completed a full stack online web development bootcamp in Ruby on Rails, half while working full-time and the other half while living abroad in Greece.



  • Ruby on Rails
  • jQuery
  • WordPress
  • Media queries
  • Sass
  • Bootstrap
  • MySQL
  • Responsive design
  • Git/GitHub
  • Heroku



Full stack Ruby on Rails projects and one WordPress project. To see the code, visit Rachel's GitHub account.

Non-Office Jobs

A ​community where users discuss non­-office jobs, find job mentors, and peruse non-­office job listings. Rachel's capstone project for Bloc.


A ​community where users share their Jack Russell/Chihuahua mixes predominantly through photo galleries. A personal project.


Users create self­-destructing to­do lists that use a rake task to destroy to­dos if they are not marked complete after seven days. A Bloc project.


A Wikipedia clone that accepts Stripe payments for account upgrades. A Bloc project.


Social bookmarking with email integration using Mailgun, Omni­auth for Facebook login, and Embedly for URL previews. A Bloc project.


WordPress site featuring Argentina’s former #1 men’s professional tennis player, Juan Martin del Potro. Within three months had all-access press pass to cover his tournament where he was defending his title against Roger Federer in Switzerland.

Rachel wrote, edited, and self-published two novels in one year. She landed her first literary agent shortly thereafter. Want to check out her first novel? It's available on Kindle.

What People Say About


[Rachel] seems to have that special knack for quality that seems to be the mark of an exceptional developer: she understands that quality for quality's sake a is a worthwhile pursuit. She would rather work hard than settle for subpar performance.

Michael Pell (Bloc mentor)

[Rachel] is dedicated, driven, fast learner and a self-starter. She's a joy to be around and is very passionate about building amazing user experiences in Ruby on Rails.

Jose Sanchez (Bloc mentor)

How To Get In Touch


Located in Sacramento, California

Email : rachel@rachelbird.com