Astrid is a researcher, analyst, and technologist that uses her unique skillset to help businesses understand and respond to human behavior. This holistic approach allows her to find the stories hidden in hard data and make the case for effective solutions. She fell in love with technology and all things digital which lead her down the path to becoming a software developer.
She started academic life with plans to be a neurosurgeon, but switched majors and received her BA in Psychology from Baylor University. Realizing that she wanted to be in the field more than in the lab, she pursued a MA in Anthropology from University of Houston, where she focused on medical anthropology and chronic disease.
While in graduate school, Astrid worked as an Operations Manager and Data Analyst. The grouping of theory and practice sparked an interest in using technical skills in solving social problems. Her curiosity led her to attend The Iron Yard Academy and learn to become a software developer.
Now she enjoys mixing and matching her anthropological training with her tech skills to create products and experiences that resonate with others. She is an organizer for Rails Girls, a workshop that teaches girls and women how to code. Her book, Family Talk and Chronic Disease was recently published by Lambert Publishing.
Astrid is currently attending University of Houston-Victoria pursuing a masters in computer science and math. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys writing at her blog ianthro.com. She also loves to hang out on twitter, and LinkedIn.