Jessica McElroy

Public Policy to Software Engineer at Getable
I found that I really love programming: I love how it combines creativity, logic, and problem-solving and how it challenges you to constantly teach yourself new tools and concepts.
Jessica McElroy
May 2012
Jessica graduated from Rice University

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Jessica earned a B.A. in Sociology and Urban Policy.


“The job market was even more competitive than I expected, and it was six months before I finally got a full-time offer. In addition to applying for jobs I kept myself busy by working odd jobs (barista, research assistant, campaign volunteer) and getting into long distance running!”

December 2012 - May 2014
Moved to the Bay Area for a job as a public policy research assistant

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Though she appreciated the value of social research work, Jessica found that producing research papers wasn’t motivating, and she craved the experience of building something more concrete with a more direct impact.


“I started to learn a little bit of statistical programming in Stata at my job, and it was the one task where I found myself getting into a state of flow. It was so fun and engaging, and I wanted to do more!”

Jessica begins to sign up for free coding tutorials and hackathons

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“It awakened parts of my brain and a sense of play about learning that had been dormant for too long. I was also really excited about the idea of using technology to improve government and social services. I had gone to an Open Oakland civic hack nights and was so inspired by the projects they were working on. I wanted to contribute but felt that I didn’t know enough about coding to be of help.”


She ultimately decides to research coding schools.

May 2014
Jessica applies and is accepted to Hackbright Academy!

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“When I got accepted, it felt incredibly exciting and validating! I knew that Hackbright’s amazing instructors would vastly accelerate the learning process and that being a part of a supportive community would make a successful career change more attainable.”

April 2014 - September 2014
Jessica fulfills a dream of going on a solo bike tour across the country

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Before starting Hackbright, Jessica goes on a solo bike tour from Virginia to Oregon and back to San Francisco.


“Crossing the country on bike was something I’d dreamed of doing for a long time, and it was an incredible adventure and growing experience.”

September 2014 - December 2014
Jessica attends Hackbright Academy!

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“Hackbright was intense and immersive but also a lot of fun. Developing a full-stack web application gave me a good foundation as well as confidence in my ability to learn new technologies.”

Jessica lives out her desire to volunteer to civic tech projects

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“I’m working with a team at Code for San Francisco to develop a web app that visualizes the construction pipeline in the city and encourages people to attend public hearings in favor of new housing.”

February 2015
Joins Getable as a Software Engineer

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“I love my job! It’s really cool to be part of a small team at an early-stage startup with a product I believe in. “