Jess Bell is an experienced software engineer, currently supporting Wirecutter (part of the New York Times.) Prior to Wirecutter, Jess served in key engineering roles at the Washington Post, Deloitte Digital, and RepEquity focusing on front-end development.
Jess cares deeply about developing usable, well-designed web experiences, and thrives on helping colleagues find the best technical solutions for their needs. She has a strong propensity for cross-functional collaboration and leadership, and is eager to help increase the level of technical understanding for teams working outside of Engineering.
She's also passionate about the advancement of under-represented minorities in tech, and served on the leadership teams of DC Tech Meetup, DCFemTech, Women Who Code DC, and the DC Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She has taught many technical courses at General Assembly, the Arlingon Public Library, and multiple conferences and meetup events. She actively serves as Chair of the Distinguished Speakers Committee, is the co-host for ACM's ByteCast podcast, and also self-produces her own podcast, DC Tech Stories.
When Jess is away from her code base and other digital projects she explores cooking, gardening, sewing, and other creative activities that nurture her inherent curiosity and social nature. Jess currently resides in San Francisco with her partner, Seth, and their kitten, Lola.