Hello there! My name is Melanie Sumner, and I'm a application architect. I care about semantic HTML, beautiful CSS, and accessibility; of all the JS frameworks, I like Ember the best!

I've been doing this for a while now- I taught myself HTML & CSS in 1997, and kept going from there. At the moment, I work in global technology at a bank, with the goal of bringing accessible, modern experiences to banking applications.

You can find me around the internet, in places like CodePen, the Ember Slack chat, or at a local meetup, like Ember Chicago! You can also check out my Github profile if you'd like to see some of my code, or my blog if you'd like to know more about what I think about some things. Socially, I back projects on Kickstarter, post a lot of photos on Instagram and especially enjoy Twitter!

All of the parts are important to the whole, especially when it comes to good web engineering. I am equally as excited about security as I am about the visual design and usability of a website or application. I deeply enjoy the architecture process. I can also talk in-depth about accessibility and address the practical challenges in a business environment.

Diversity and inclusion are important to me, and I will advocate for them. I am a decorated military veteran and not shy about speaking up when appropriate, and believe that it's just good sense to set boundaries & clear expectations. The majority of my experience is as an enterprise developer; the majority of my heart is to do better simply because we know how.

If you would like to know more, let's talk; the best way to get my attention is probably a tweet!