Cara Jo is the Senior Designer for the training team at DataStax, a Santa Clara, California-based company that provides the enterprise solution for Apache Cassandra. She got started with programming in the mid-90s by working with her father, a computer repairman, to build her first computer out of spare parts. Soon after, she built her first website to show off her Pokemon drawings after learning HTML & CSS. After building sites for her friends and family throughout Junior & High school she went to college at Northern Michigan University. While at NMU she dabbled in a few majors and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on photography & web design.
After graduating from NMU Cara Jo moved to downtown Detroit, Michigan where she worked as the Senior Designer for the Detroit Media Partnership as well as Are You a Human. While in Detroit Cara Jo was very involved in the technical community and led several groups focused on getting more people involved in technology. In addition, Cara Jo helped co-lead the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It an organization with the mission of “Empowering women of diverse backgrounds from around the world to learn how to develop software”. Cara Jo eventually co-founded the Boulder chapter after moving to Colorado in March 2013.
In addition to being Co-Founder for the Boulder chapter Cara Jo also serves on the board as the Chapter Lead, making sure that each chapter gets the resources they need to bring the Girl Develop It mission to their local communities.
Cara Jo lives in Denver, Colorado where she trains for marathons, bikes, and goes on photography adventures in the beautiful Rocky Mountains