I am beyond thrilled to join the Savas Labs team as a junior front-end developer. I came to Savas after a year working with NETE. Before that, I spent my days, nights, and weekends working in athletics video production. I’m probably the only member of the Savas team who could produce a live basketball broadcast without breaking a sweat.
I decided to pursue a career in web development because I love to constantly be learning, solving problems, and the general thrill of seeing a project come to life. I was drawn to Savas specifically because of our mission and core values. I was particularly drawn to the idea of a company focused on this idea of “creating positive change.”
This stood out to me in part because of a personal side project - an All-Gender Bathroom Finder. This project started out of a desire to continue to hone web development skills both on the front and back-end, but I knew it would make a big difference for me to work on something I was personally invested in.
Being a non-binary person, going to the bathroom is a needlessly stressful experience. Have you ever been racked with anxiety standing outside bathrooms deciding which one is safer for you to use that day? I have 🙋♂! I wanted to create a tool to help me keep track of spaces where I know it’s safe to use the bathroom. Eventually, I’d love to continue adding to and improving it so the entire trans and non-binary community can have a tool for this purpose.
Seeing the Savas mission around creating positive change and projects like the Durham Civil and Human Rights History Map showed me that this was a place I could come work on projects and with clients I know I’ll care about.
As far as other things you should know about me, consider this list a great primer:
- My personal favorite form of communication is in GIFs. Our fearless leader even said “For realz, Alex makes me hate GIFs a little less”. If that’s not a great compliment, I don’t know what is.
- On Sundays in the fall, you can probably find me watching the New York Giants. After my grandpa passed away when I was young, I promised my dad I would take up the mantle and root for the team with him. It was cute when I was 7, but my spouse has told me it’s less cute now. Something about yelling at the television?
I’ve read Harry Potter so many times one of my books is literally broken in half. My spouse and I also make it a point to rack up first place finishes in Harry Potter trivia.
Our household revolves around our two dogs, Jasper & Patch. The pair bring a delightful amount of dysfunction into day-to-day life. Jasper has already made a visit to Savas headquarters.
I’m excited to be part of the Savas Team and get to work!
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