Cameron Blandford


248 McKibbin St APT 1N, Brooklyn, NY 11206
cam dot blandford at gmail.com
17578498094

React/nextjs
AWS
Sveltekit, Astro
Design + Implementation
UX/UI
Product design
Pagespeed optimization
User testing
Rapid iteration
Empathy, curiosity, communication

Gainful

Software Engineer

2023-Present
  1. Full stack Django, Python, React, Nextjs, AWS
  2. Currently helping the company transition to a Shopify-based architecture
  3. Pushed for, helped architect, and delivered on multi-month initiatives that led to increased conversion, including new purchasing flows for customers
  4. Was acting CTO March-April 2024 while the usual CTO was unavailable, acting as the engineering team's primary point of contact for all other departments, successfully fielding questions and triaging requests

Freelance

Sabbatical + Project management consultant

2022-2023
  1. Helped individuals clarify their goals and finish projects
  2. Traveled + was in an artist's residency in Lisbon

Zola

Senior Frontend Engineer

2019-2022
  1. Built out complex features on schedule across multiple business units
  2. React, Next.js, Typescript, ES2022, WAI-ARIA standards, good UX and DX
  3. Led initiatives that socially de-siloed teammates, improved site performance, reduced bugs across many teams, and improved accessibility cross-site
  4. Significantly improved communication and review processes between tech, design, and tracking teams
  5. Helped maintain, improve, and implement shared code libraries
  6. Internally promoted twice (Frontend Engineer, Frontend Engineer II)

221B

Full-stack Developer

2018-2019
  1. Worked with university libraries like Johns Hopkins to build self-hosted preprint servers and submission systems
  2. Gave talks to promote tech literacy among librarians
  3. Wrote a schema and auto-migration library for Knex.js

Center for Open Science

Full-stack Developer

2017-2018
  1. Worked on the Labs Team, building prototypes for the board and grantors
  2. Used Ember.js and Django
  3. Gave talks to promote programming literacy among librarians

University of Virginia

Student

2013-2017
  1. Double-majored in computer science and cognitive science
  2. TA'd for machine learning and game design classes
  3. Conducted undergrad research in pedagogy, compression algorithms
  4. Accepted into UVA's prestigious poetry-writing program