31 minutes | May 22, 2021

Jess Bonanno: Rooting for the UnderDog

Jess Bonanno grew up in Brooklyn and moved to NJ during high school.  She has always been obsessed with tech and planned to study it after high school but began getting herself into trouble.She thought she had missed her chance to make tech a career and in 2004 became a house painter - of which she has been mastering that trade for the past 16 years.In 2019 she decided to teach herself to code in hopes of a career switch. She started at Lambda School and earlier this year!In September of 2020, she was invited into UnderDog Devs, a group dedicated to supporting formerly incarcerated & disadvantaged aspiring developers, and has become an active part of the community.Since graduating from Lambda School in February, Jess started Hack Reactor and graduates on June 4th!  She will then begin working with one of the partnering companies. All very happy and exciting things ✨Resources: Jess on Twitter: @JessDoesCode@UnderDog Devs UnderDog Devs Slack  Donate to Underdog DevsWe Belong Here Podcast:Follow Lauren on Twitter @LoLoCodingWeBelongPodcast.comSubscribe on AppleSubscribe on Spotify We Belong Here Discord CommunityJoin us on Discord Server today! bit.ly/webelongdiscord 
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