Alec Ortega | Front End Developer

Developing for empathy,
Engineering for ease.

I'm a design-minded front-end developer with a passion for building engaging, pixel-perfect experiences.


It's great to meet you

I'm currently developing for social impact as a front-end engineer at WeSpire. I previously worked at the world's largest startup competition and accelerator, MassChallenge, leading design initiatives and aiding with technical operations.

Two years ago I became homeless and taught myself to code both as a medium to express my passion for building experiences, and as an opportunity to make life what I wanted it to be. Now I help lead mentorship at Resilient Coders, an organization that arms underserved youth populations with coding skills to increase diversity in tech and break the cycle of poverty.

My belief is that passion inspires passion, I'm always looking for opportunities and where I can learn from those that are just as motivated to share their knowledge as I am to learn.

Front-End Developer

I'm a front-end developer with experience in styling + markup languages, and JavaScript frameworks.

Frameworks & Tools

  • Node.js, Express
  • Bootstrap, Foundation
  • jQuery
  • Gulp, Grunt, Webpack
  • React
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Git, GitHub

Clean, Concise

I’m a major proponent of code readability and organization. It's about building something efficiently, not hastily. Readable, modular code leads to easier maintainability and fewer bugs. Which in the end, is just as important as meeting a deadline.

Knowledge is Power

New and awesome techology are continually being introduced. Learning a new framework or library isn't just about staying on the cutting edge, it's about the new experience that you're able to build with it.



  • HTML5, Haml, Jade
  • CSS3, Sass, Scss
  • JavaScript, CoffeeScript
  • Ruby
  • Python

User Interface Engineer

I'm a design-minded engineer passionate about implementing the experience of a design in its best possible form.

Measure. Learn. Build.

Understanding how a user interacts with a product through analytics tools and making data-driven decisions is essential. Narrowing down areas with the most opportunity means developing features that really pack a punch.


All Things Considered

There's more that goes into an interface than just making it look nice. Things like client constraints and use cases need to be taken into consideration. A product that's tailor-made is always more effective than any pre-made template.


  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Sketch 3
  • Framer.js
  • Mixpanel
  • Google Analytics

Develop for Empathy

The technology used to produce a product is easily forgotten, but the feeling you invoke in a user is what lasts. A performant, empathetic experience is far more powerful than any animation library or templating engine.

Track Record

I help lead front-end development at companies, and mentor urban youth from underserved communities in my spare time.


Need a copy?

Top of EnvelopeBottom of Envelope

WeSpire Homepage
The platform's main landing and login page

Patch Panel
Makes responsive grid + panel layouts possible

Twitter Battle
Watch search terms compete in real-time

Get in touch

Now that you know a bit about me, let's make it mutual. Whether it be personal or professional, I'd love to hear from you.