Blithe Rocher is an Engineering manager based in Alameda, California. She uses a background in chemistry to help her team deliver data-driven user interfaces and APIs.
Her experience as a backend engineer writing Python and Ruby gives her the ability to advise teams of software engineers and help influence architecture decisions.
Because her path to the tech industry was non-traditional, Blithe continues to focus on building inclusive teams and helping to grow the careers of underrepresented groups.
Looker was acquired by Google in February 2020.
As an Engineering Manager at Looker, Blithe leads teams in the Business Intelligence organization for Looker product.
The Integrated Experience team mission is to deliver data outside of the Looker platform. This includes the ability to schedule, render and deliver reports to a variety of sources where the end user needs the information. The team is also responsible for the Alerts system to help users get notified when their data meets certain conditions.
The Discovery & Navigation team is responsible for one of the most important parts of Looker - ensuring that users can find the content they are looking for. This includes the responsibility for navigation and browsing, search, "boards" (similar to a wiki where you can pin content), and the folder system.
Blithe focuses on the growth of her team members and the iterative improvement of team processes to deliver high-quality user experiences and integrations.
As a Senior Engineering Manager, Blithe balanced growing her team and the application engineering organization with the delivery of technical products. She was able to use her strong technical skills to guide the product roadmap and optimize shipping features that improve customer experiences. She developed her team members through coaching and mentorship and contributed to the larger organization through recruiting, interviewing, and helping to shape diversity and inclusion efforts.
Initial public offering (FSLY) in May 2019.
As an engineering manager at Fastly, Blithe manages a team of frontend and backend developers to deliver UIs and APIs used to modify settings that generate the Varnish Configuration Language (VCL) used in Fastly cache servers.
Blithe collaborates with team members, consultants, designers, and customers using agile development methodologies to ensure delivery of quality code that solves problems. She contributes to the open-source community through code, documentation, teaching, and speaking.
In addition to maintaining existing configuration UIs and APIs, Blithe's team is responsible for building user interfaces for new products and workflows including the following:
As an individual contributor, Blithe used Ruby to build RESTful web APIs as part of the core engineering team. She helped to upgrade many API endpoints to conform to the JSON API specification.
In addition to maintaining existing API endpoints and functionality, Blithe helped build the APIs and UIs for following products for Fastly:
Acquired by Timshel in April 2015.
As a software engineer at The Groundwork, Blithe helped launch the backend APIs powering Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign website at hillaryclinton.com.
She used Python and Django to build RESTful web APIs and web applications as part of a highly-scalable, fault-tolerant, distributed system.
Blithe was known on the team for her thorough documentation and test coverage.
As a web developer at Big Nerd Ranch, Blithe used Ruby on Rails to develop web applications for clients. She worked on a variety of applications from a large Service-oriented architecture (SOA) system comprised of multiple Rails applications to creating lightweight, greenfield applications from scratch.
Blithe also helped teach a week-long course designed specifically for other developers to learn how to build web-based, database-backed applications using the Ruby programming language.
As an intern, Blithe used Ruby on Rails to develop web applications used internally by other Big Nerd Ranch developers and employees. She also gained valuable experience by working on external client projects.