I'm a software developer making web and mobile apps for startups, small businesses, and non-profits. Lately, I've been working on a participatory memorial, a 3-D camera, and an outdoor iPhone game. On every project, my goal is to write beautiful code that pushes the boundaries of software.

Before going independent, I worked at Microsoft where, as a Program Manager, I designed features, coordinated teams, and spoke at conferences including TechEd and PDC. My team and I applied for eight patents.

I should admit, though, that not all of my achievements are so laudable. In 1999, a friend of mine mysteriously led the voting for Time's Person of the Century, and I may have used my programming skills to place my brother's cat atop KittenWar.

My preferred tools—for both hijinks and serious programming—are Ruby, Objective-C, and JavaScript. I'm familiar with myriad libraries, and I've deployed apps on AWS and Rackspace with Chef and Puppet. I pride myself on readable code and swear by git.

In my spare time, I mentor at Nano Hacker Academy, a program that offers free programming classes to middle school kids.

I'm always looking for interesting projects and good partners—people who care about their work and want to make a positive impact. If you might like to collaborate, please get in touch.


School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

1998 – 2003 · B.S.E. Computer Science and Engineering · Summa cum laude

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

1998 – 2003 · B.S. Economics, Finance concentration · Summa cum laude


Founder & Developer at Jonah Burke Software

2008 – Present · Created web and mobile apps for startups, small businesses, and non-profits

Senior Software Engineer at Hightower

2016 · Delivered features across iOS, Angular, and Rails; won craftsmanship award

Lead Developer at Big Think

2010 – 2011 · Led development as traffic quintupled to a million unique visitors per month

Founder & Developer at Darfur Foundation

2006 – 2007 · Raised $100,000 for Sudan via participatory memorial

Program Manager at Microsoft

2003 – 2006 · Designed EAI features of SharePoint; filed 8 patents


Nano Hacker Academy

2015 – Present · Designed and taught programming classes for middle school kids

Northampton Center for the Arts

2006 – Present · Maintained website for hometown arts center

Darfur Foundation

2008 – 2012 · Raised money for Doctors Without Borders and other NGOs working in Sudan

Seattle Children's Hospital

2006 · Cleaned beds, sterilized toys, cheered up kids

Seattle Works

2003 – 2006 · Recruited and led teams of volunteers on annual community service day

West Philadelphia Tutoring Project

1998 – 2002 · Tutored elementary and high school students in reading and math

University of Pennsylvania

1999 · Tutor for introductory computer science courses


Programming Languages

Objective-C, Swift, Ruby, JavaScript, C, C#, Java, CSS, HTML


iOS, OS X, Linux, Windows · Cocoa, Rails, Angular, .NET · OpenGL, Cocos2D, Box2D · MySQL, SQLite, SQL Server · TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS · AWS, Puppet, Chef · myriad libraries and APIs

Human Languages

English (fluent), Spanish (advanced), Italian (beginning)



In Person:
Brooklyn, NY

GitHub, Stack Overflow, LinkedIn