Rafe Colton


Positive and optimistic, with seven years of professional experience, writing custom software across the entire stack, including four years in a leadership role. Operating with a bias towards action, and a grounded, empathetic demeanor. You can find me in a growing engineering team that values mentorship, collaboration, learning, and courage.

Technical Skills

Most Proficient / Current Stack

  • Backend: WordPress, PHP, Go (Golang), HTTP, MySQL
  • Frontend: React, Redux, jQuery, HTML, SCSS
  • Platform: Ansible, Docker, Terraform, Ubuntu on AWS & Azure, Haproxy, Caddy, Bash
  • Tools & Specs: Git, Consul, Vault, GitLab CI, OAS 2

Other Noteworthy

Ruby, PostgreSQL, Redis, Nginx, Upstart, Systemd, Rbenv, Rspec, Sinatra, Rails, Chef

Other Noteworthy (Less Recent)

Python, RabbitMQ, SmartOS, Joyent/SDC, ELK

Work Experience

Expensify: Site Reliability EngineerJan 2020–PresentPortland, OR

Currently working on infrastructure at Expensify.

Himalayan Institute: Web Development ManagerOct 2015–Dec 2019 (4 years, 2 months)Honesdale, PA

  • Developing job descriptions, conducting interviews, project management, roadmap planning
  • Establishing best practices, quality standards, working methodologies, and customer service procedures
  • Implement and maintain cloud monitoring and incident management platform
  • Create and maintain internal documentation website
  • Responsible for ongoing development & support of: HI, HI Shop, HI Humanitarian, Year Long Meditation
  • WordPress site creation & maintenance using PHP, HTML, SCSS, jQuery, and React/Redux
  • Custom software creation and deployment using Go, Ansible, Terraform, and Docker

Apple: Software EngineerMar 2015–Sep 2015 (7 months)Cupertino, CA

Maintained software platform that managed infrastructure deployment and automation for Maps. Developed full-stack using Rails, Sinatra, AngularJS, PostgreSQL, and Redis.

ModCloth: Software Engineer Oct 2012–Dec 2014 (2 years, 3 months)Pittsburgh, PA / San Francisco, CA

Served on multiple teams, providing deployment tools, infrastructure automation for Ubuntu and SmartOS, and back-end services. Installed, configured, and operated persistance and communication layer, including PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Memcached, and RabbitMQ. Primary languages included Go (Golang) and Ruby, with scripting in Bash. Used Chef, Ansible, and Docker for provisioning, configuration management, and containerization.

Kemists: Software Engineer Jun 2012–Sep 2012 (4 months)Pittsburgh, PA

Full-stack development in Ruby on Rails & JavaScript; iOS 5 development using Objective-C, Cordova, & JavaScript

Fireman Creative: Web Development Intern Dec 2011–Apr 2012 (5 months)Pittsburgh, PA

Full-stack development for small business customers using WordPress, PHP, LESS, jQuery, and MySQL

Apple Store, Shadyside: ExpertMay 2018–May 2011 (3 years)Pittsburgh, PA

Lead sales, facilitated daily operations, mentored new-hires, assisted in new store openings & other special events

Talks & Publications

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science with Honors, University of Pittsburgh, Summa Cum Laude (2012)
Bachelor of Arts, Politics & Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, Cum Laude (2010)