Jennifer (J.T.) Grimes

Staff Software Engineer


Amava, Remote Staff Engineer 2021 – 2022

  • Queen of all things database, including database design, query optimization, reporting, and ad hoc queries.
  • Unofficially led a team of 3 developers, implemented coding standards, and improved code quality.
  • Led troubleshooting and debugging efforts across the entire code base.
  • Successfully avoided doing most front-end and operations work.

Shelterluv, Remote Senior Engineer 2019 – 2021

  • Designed, coded, tested, released, and maintained API/backend for task management system for animal control officers as part of a small team. Was solely responsible for building a flexible reporting system and Excel importer.
  • Wrote semi-custom authentication package (based on Socialite, later Sanctum, please never ask me to do this again).
  • Built cross-system event archiving system.
  • Built A/B testing framework and data warehouse for experiment results.
  • Reviewed PRs, asked good questions, wrote good code.
  • Reluctantly updated front-end code when nobody else was available.

Deans & Homer, San Francisco Web Developer 2007 – 2018

  • 10 years as sole fulltime developer for company site built on raw PHP then Laravel 3, 4, and 5.
  • Managed all internal and external web properties.
  • Built bridge to connect Laravel/Eloquent to DB2 database.
  • Designed (and refactored and refactored again) API to call interactive COBOL programs from PHP and return results. Learned a lot.
  • Worked closely with COBOL devs to bring existing processes to the web.
  • Hired, trained, and managed developer contractors as needed.

Deans & Homer, San Francisco Data Analyst 1996 – 2007

  • Wrote specifications for insurance rating website, including rating, security, and data transfer.
  • Designed and built insurance rating program in Delphi (Visual Pascal for Windows).
  • Designed, built, and maintained file maintenance application in Delphi.
  • Made Excel sing and dance.
  • Provided PC, network, and phone tech support for 90+ users.

California State Auto Assoc., San Francisco Actuarial Analyst 1992 – 1996

  • Wrote requirements, designed test plan, and performed testing of new insurance rating system.
  • Summarized and analyzed data for submission to executives, auditors, and regulatory authorities.




Strong: PHP, SQL, Database design

Enough: Javascript, CSS to get by

Mostly forgotten: C, Java, Delphi, Visual Basic, C#

Loathes but can do when necessary: AWS and Ops


Golden Gate University

  • MS Software Eng. 2003

UC Berkeley

  • BA Statistics 1992