Rafe Colton

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I currently operate the website and online education platform for the Himalayan Institute, a nonprofit and leader in yoga, meditation, and holistic health. I manage the web team, working closely with the marketing team to deploy our message of inspiration, education, and empowerment.

Current Employment

Himalayan InstituteWeb Development Manager—2017 July to Present

Responsible for managing the web team within Creative Services. Setting the roadmap; defining & maintaining the scope and timeline of multiple simultaneous projects while continuing to execute individual contributions.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Developing job descriptions, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring
  • Product ownership, project management, and strategic planning
  • Establishing best practices, quality standards, and working methodologies
  • Budgeting and securing technical resources

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Creation & maintenance of membership program grossing $13.7k/month
  • Manage redesign of HI Online Store and Global Humanitarian Projects websites
  • Introduce ES6 applications using React/Redux to web team core competencies
  • Secure $7,000/year in cloud services grants on Microsoft Azure and AWS
  • Establish best practices for VM provisioning, configuration, deployment, & security
  • Implement cloud monitoring and incident management platform
  • Build internal documentation website using GitBook
  • Build and maintain open source Golang client library for Zoom.us
  • Create yearlongmeditation.org minisite and meditation tracking tool
  • Ensure PCI DSS compliance using SAQ A-EP
Technical Skills

Technologies with which I am most proficient, use daily

  • Backend: Wordpress/PHP, Go (Golang), HTTP, MySQL
  • Frontend: JavaScript (React, Redux, & jQuery), HTML, SCSS
  • DevOps: Ansible, Docker, Terraform, Ubuntu on AWS & Azure, Haproxy, Caddy
  • For Literally Every Project: Git, Bash, Markdown, Vim
  • Other Noteworthy: Consul, Vault, OAS 2

Technologies I use professionally but not at my current job

Ruby, PostgreSQL, Redis, Nginx, Upstart, Rbenv, Rspec, Rack, Sinatra, Rails, Chef, & Awk

Technologies I have used professionally but not recently

Capistrano, Python, RabbitMQ, SmartOS, Joyent/SDC, ELK, & Berkshelf

Technologies I have learned but use infrequently

C, Objective-C, Java, & Oracle SQL

Speaking Engagements

Dockercon Europe—December 2014, Amsterdam

"doing the old thing the new way"
Slides: http://www.slideshare.net/rafecolton/dockercon-eu-2014
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNfCEie5_RA

Work Experience

Himalayan InstituteLead Developer—2015 Oct to Present

  • Evaluation, budgeting, and implementation of small-business software solutions
  • WordPress site creation & maintenance using PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Custom software creation and deployment using Go, Ansible, Terraform, & Docker
  • Define customer support policies, manage support ticketing system
  • Significant role in the reenvisioning, rebuild, and ongoing development of the Himalayan Institute and the Global Humanitarian Projects websites
  • Regular open source contributions to Paid Memberships Pro and WP Charitable

Apple Inc.Software Engineer—7 months

  • Platform engineering, infrastructure deployment & automation for Maps
  • Full-stack development using Rails, Sinatra, AngularJS, PostgreSQL, and Redis

ModCloth, Inc. Software Engineer—1 year

  • Developer tools and continuous delivery pipeline
  • Deployment & infrastructure automation using Docker and Ansible
  • Server-side applications and scripting using Go (Golang), Bash, Ruby
  • Spoke at Dockercon Europe in December 2014

ModCloth, Inc. Associate Software Engineer—1 year, 4 months

  • Server-side applications and web services using Ruby, JRuby, Rails, RSpec, & Go
  • Installation, configuration, and operation of PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Memcached, & RabbitMQ
  • Provisioning, administration, & automation of SmartOS and Ubuntu VMs on Joyent, using Chef
  • Bash scripting

Kemists Software Engineer—4 months

  • Full-stack web application development in Ruby on Rails & JavaScript
  • iOS 5 application using Objective-C & JavaScript
  • Strategic planning and rapid business development
  • Administration of Google AdWords account

Fireman Creative Web Development Intern—5 months

  • Full-stack web development building websites for small business customers
  • Website creation using WordPress, PHP, LESS, jQuery, and MySQL
  • Built heritageseeds.org

Apple Inc.Specialist, Expert—3 years

  • Leading store sales, facilitating daily store operations
  • Providing assistance for new store openings and other special events
  • Mentoring new-hires

University of Pittsburgh

BS, Computer Science with Honors 2011 Jan to 2012 Apr
BA, Politics & Philosophy 2007 Aug to 2010 Aug