I'm Jacque*, a self-taught web developer & data visualizer. Based in Washington, D.C., I currently lead development and manage digital projects at the Center for Strategic and International Studies iDeas Lab.
Although I have experience working on all parts of the stack, I'm most at home doing front-end development. In 2016, I had my first exposure to data visualization and began the process of learning D3. Wrestling with clients and data to tell compelling stories is my favorite part of my job, and I've enjoyed using my knowledge of FE development and user experience to create award-winning visuals.
My journey to becoming a developer began when I was 10 years old, when my dad gifted me HTML for the World Wide Web and helped me build my first website: a tribute site to the movie Balto. Although I enjoyed it, and used web dev as a form of creative expression while growing up, it wasn't something that I wanted to do for a living. After receiving my B.A. in History from Ball State University, I moved to D.C. and earned my M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University's School of International Service.
Intending to go into advocacy work, I discovered during grad school that my tech skills were useful and greatly needed in NGOs, non-profits, and other "not tech" companies. I joined CSIS' in-house design team in 2016 and have been working on a variety of topics and issues that I care about ever since, using my skills to help research experts share their work with a wider audience in engaging and creative ways.
When I'm not working, I enjoy playing boardgames with my husband, cuddling on the couch with my dog, putting my education to use in trivia competitions, slowly putting together puzzles, writing, and participating in DC coding community events.
*Pronounced like Jackie.