Michelle is a Senior Backend Engineer at ChowNow, helping restaurants to improve their business so they can keep making great food. She previously worked as both an engineer and a manager for the last 7+ years in entertainment technology. In that role, she worked tirelessly to help film and television productions operate faster and cheaper, saving millions of dollars. A Philadelphia native, she has a background in Media Arts and is a self-taught Python developer. Michelle is now working to give back to her community through mentorship and career training.
Michelle Brenner is an experienced developer who thrives under the demands of complex high-pressure technical projects. She has a passion for new challenges. At the beginning of each new job, she finds it exhilarating to overcome a steep learning curve involving new technologies and processes. She has always jumped in and quickly brought herself up to speed so she could become a top contributor.
Michelle brings a strong work ethic and a constant drive to increase both her individual ROI and that of her entire team. She enjoys parsing through feature and bug reports to find the heart of the issue. When implementing a solution, she always keep business needs front-and-center. She asks herself, “how can I solve this problem within budget, meet both short-term and long-term expectations and bring satisfaction and even delight to our customers.”
She prefers to work as part of a team, knowing that a group of smart people can accomplish more together than any member could achieve alone. She likes to think of writing code in an editor as just “putting the cake in the oven.” All of the hard work of picking the recipe and mixing the batter is done as a team before you even begin. As a result, you achieve a diversity of ideas and no one becomes isolated on a small part of the product.
Michelle is always looking to find new connections and to help give back to the tech community. She is currently a part of multiple organizations including Girl Develop It, Write/Speak/Code, Women Who Code, Ladies Get Paid and We Are LA Tech. If you are looking for mentorship or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out.