Rachel Cantor

A senior engineer with a background spanning the full stack of web development; passionate about delivering exceptional UI/UX.

Frontend

Typescript, Javascript, React, unit/integration tests (Jest), design systems, package management, accessibility, performance optimization, Github, Next.js, Storybook, GraphQL, web platform APIs like web components, web workers, beacons, etc., translating designs from Figma to CSS, SASS, Tailwind

Backend

NodeJS, Sequelize ORM, REST API development, GraphQL, MySQL, Redis, ElasticSearch

System

Docker, Github actions and workflows, AWS CLI, Terraform

Business

Integrations with 3rd party APIs using queues (SQS), headless CMS like Hygraph and Contentful, documentation, diagramming. Skilled in maintaining and improving legacy systems, evaluating trade offs concerning refactor or rebuild decisions, outstanding communication skills, with a flexible and collaborative mindset.

Experience

Senior Staff Engineer at Hype (formerly Pico)

Staff Engineer 20222023

Lead Engineer 20192022

Senior Software Engineer 20182019

Software Engineer 20172018

  • Led architecture and implementation of "Design Pro," a comprehensive design customization initiative, positioning the company as a competitive customizable Link in Bio solution.
  • Created a reusable components library using Storybook, React, Typescript.
  • Developed and standardized processes for building and releasing internal packages using Yarn v3, Rollup, and the GitHub package registry, offering both ESM and CJS support.
  • Architected and implemented key product initiatives, broke down complex product initiatives into manageable epics and tasks.
  • Led evaluation of libraries and frameworks.
  • Created the end-user portal for creators to be able to edit their settings, provide credit card info, and modify the appearance and content of their popups and landing pages using Next.js.
  • Built a Wordpress plugin in use by publishers for incentivizing readers to subscribe and register for email lists.

Frontend Engineer at Hillary for America

20152016
  • Lead developer of the CMS powering HillaryClinton.com developed with the product guidance of the campaign’s Chief Product Officer. I used Wordpress as a headless CMS and built out custom fields to support features like time-sensitive content and content based on geo-targeting.
  • Built The Briefing, a tool for the Communications department to respond to breaking news using Jekyll.
  • Built The Feed, a blog that was used as a campaign storytelling tool which used the Wordpress headless CMS with custom fields.
  • Built out a button that could solicit for a set-amount donation, process a donation, and thank the donor for support, all within the confines of a single button.

Software Engineer, R&D at Intersection (formerly Control Group)

20122015
  • Developed web interfaces for both tablet interfaces and museum exhibits at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to engage museum visitors using Angular.
  • Created the tablet interface for students to engage during a Senate Immersion Module session, where they take on the role of senators, interview experts, amend bills, and vote on bills.
  • Developed a Chrome packaged app for World Wide Group that communicated with two RFID readers to change views on an 80-inch 4K screen for an interactive sales office. The RFID readers corresponded with specific floor plans, displayed on the screen, and illuminated the 3D model with the locations of the floor plans within the building.

Achievements

Bachelor of Arts

Sarah Lawrence College, 2009

Section 508 Trusted Tester Certification

US Department of Homeland Security, Expected July 2024

A standardized approach for inspection of web content for accessibility compliance according to the Section 508 standards.

IxDA Interaction Awards

Best in Category, Connecting, 2016

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Core 77 Design Awards

Notable Interaction Award, 2016

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate