Zoe Gagnon

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Oct 2021 - Present

Principal Engineer

Beacon NY

  • Principal engineer for seed series startup. Responsible for all technical direction.
  • Owned vendor relationships, from selection to implementation.
  • Instrumental in company strategy, introduced frameworks to analyze potential customer segments, assess needs, and identify product opportunities.

Parachute Health

Jun 2020 - Oct 2021

Software Engineering Manager

Brooklyn NY

  • First engineering manager in the company, with a team of eight engineers. Established all processes for leveling, coaching, and performance management.
  • With CTO, planned growth strategy. Developed sourcing plan, interviews, and hiring process.
  • Identified strategic needs and created software solutions, company-wide.


Aug 2018 - Apr 2020

Software Engineering Manager

New York NY

  • Manager and Technical Lead for a team of six Software Engineer and Software Engineer in Test personnel.
  • Leader in technical and process strategy across the company, introducing several new technical innovations and improving work streams.
  • Management consultant to other managers. Led working groups to formalize leveling and career development across the engineering organization.

Pivotal Labs

Dec 2017 - Aug 2018

Software Engineering Manager

New York NY

  • Coached two software engineers in advancing their careers.
  • Advanced agile and engineering practices both within and without the company.
  • Developed innovative practices for cloud and micro-services based React front end applications.

Pivotal Labs

Oct 2015 - Dec 2017

Senior Software Engineer

New York NY

  • Led balanced product development teams and multi-team efforts to deliver high impact software for Fortune 100 clients.
  • Enabled developers and stakeholders in evidence-driven, value-first agile software development.
  • Designed and implemented sustainable cloud based applications and platforms.


Nov 2014 - Aug 2015

Services Engineer

New York NY

  • Contributed to ongoing development of Colossus, a high-performance Scala micro-services
  • Created a proxy server designed to run in Amazon EC2 cloud services which reduced S3 transfers and lowered monthly transfer costs by one sixth.
  • Developed a solution for real-time updates using the Tumblr firehose, generating over 1 million Redis increments a second.


Oct 2013 - Nov 2014

Scala Developer

Denver CO

  • Created a system for ingestion, normalization, and display of location based data using Scala, Akka, and Mongo


Aug 2011 - Aug 2013

Software Engineer

Denver CO

  • Developed and maintained industry-leading cross-channel business analysis tools in Java using distributed GreenPlum databases and GridGain compute grids.

Innoprise Software

Aug 2010 - May 2011

Java Engineer

Broomfield CO

  • Lead developer on a time-card entry system presented in the Eclipse Rich Application Platform, hosted using GlassFish OSGI, to integrate with the Innoprise enterprise resource planning tools.

Regis Learning Solutions

Mar 2009 - Aug 2011

Lead Software Quality Assurance / Software Developer

Golden CO

  • Developed and implemented test plans, software tools, and accessibility code for e-learning software.


Metropolitan State University of Denver

2006 - 2010

B.S. Computer Science

Denver CO

    Organization and Public Appearances




    • Write/Speak/Code was an 501c(3) organization dedicated to elevating women and non-binary people in thought leadership. As Treasurer, I had responsibility for ensuring the organization was compliant with all applicable laws and had the finances available to accomplish its goals. As a general member of the board I set the direction of the organization.



    Conference Content Chair

    • The Write/Speak/Code conference was an annual event drawing up to 1500 attendees. The 2019 conference was held in San Francisco. As the Conference Content Chair, I was responsible for the Call for Proposals process, chaired the content selection committee, and coordinated with speakers and event staff to ensure the smooth operation of content.

    Global Diversity CFP Day


    Organizer and Presenter

    • Global Diversity CFP Day is an international event of workshops designed to help attendees submit their first conference talk proposal. I was an organizer and presenter of the New York City event three years running. I created and delivered a full day curriculum, coordinated individual coaches, and assisted in sponsorship, venue, and vendor activities.



    New York City Chapter Organizer

    • The Write/Speak/Code New York Chapter was the local chapter of the national Write/Speak/Code organization. We held monthly talks and workshops in the New York area. As an organizer, I sourced speakers, venues, and sponsors.




    • Codebar is a non-profit organization that facilitates the growth of a diverse tech community by running regular programming workshops. I was a mentor at the New York City chapter.

    Public Appearances

    • Write/Speak/Code Conference - 2019
    • Women Who Code Connect- Mono and Micro, Mar 2018
    • Global Diversity CFP Day - Workshop Facilitator, 2018,2019,2020
    • Spring One Conference - Solid In The Wild, Dec 2017
    • Write/Speak/Code - Workshop facilitator, Nov 2017
    • Pivotal Tech Talk Tuesdays - Introduction to Reactive Streams, Jun 2017
    • Write/Speak/Code - Product Killers, Dec 2016
    • She Says Horror Stories 2 - Panelist, Oct 2016
    • CODE Debugging the Gender Gap Screening - Panelist, May 2016

    Text Media

    • Being Your Authentic Self - Interview, Built To Adapt
    • Asking for Gender in Applications - Article, Built To Adapt