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All About Ben

Hey y’all, I’m Ben! 👋🏾

I am a Jesus follower (aka a Christian) living in the San Francisco Bay Area, California with my wife Rashida and our 3 children Simone, Avery and Asher. I was born and raised in the great city of Houston, Texas.

In addition to my handful of open source projects, I love teaching others to help them grow. I’ve given 150+ talks and workshops that have helped thousands all over the world level up their JavaScript, React, and overall frontend skills. I’m also a Google Developer Expert and Microsoft MVP.

From the time I built my first website in 1998, I’ve been super passionate about the Web. I graduated from Stanford University and received my B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science with concentrations in Human-Computer Interaction (the closest I could get to web development).

Currently, I’m particularly passionate about building frontend systems. On the UI side that’s React-based component libraries. But I also spend a lot of time working on frontend “divops” (aka Babel, Webpack, ESLint, packaging libraries, CI, etc).

I joined Stitch Fix in October 2019 as a Principal Frontend Engineer, tasked with building a new React-based Design System and helping to raise the level of frontend within the customer-facing organization. I’ve also worked for Eventbrite (4.5 years), Zazzle (9 years), Yahoo (summer), Amazon (summer), Microsoft (summer), Rice University (summer), and Stanford (various times).

My complete resume is available on LinkedIn. Follow me on Twitter at @benmvp. Check out my open source work on Github. Track my speaking engagements and watch my speaking videos. Lastly, ask me anything!