Hi, there. :)

Sarah Mei

I am a Ruby and JavaScript developer based in San Francisco, California. I do software consulting with DevMynd Software. I spend most of my time on the floor at client companies, pairing with developers, helping level up their teams. My particular areas of interest are OOP, service refactorings, growing teams, and inter-developer dynamics.

I’ve written here about my experiences pair programming¬†while I was at Pivotal Labs, and also my approach to testing. But my most popular article, by a huge margin, is about the dangers of shiny new technology.

I’m writing a book with Sandi Metz about how to refactor Rails applications towards happiness. We’re expecting to finish by the end of 2014…fingers crossed!

Obligatory links to my Twitter, GitHub, and LinkedIn.


I founded RailsBridge in 2009 with Sarah Allen. We run free two-day workshops for women who want to learn Ruby on Rails. We’ve done over 150 events that have reached over 3000 women. Most of the workshops are in and around San Francisco, but we have active RailsBridge organizers in many other places too. Check out the workshop calendar for details.

I am a director of Ruby Central, a non-profit that runs the two largest Ruby conferences in the world – RubyConf and RailsConf. In addition to the conferences, we support the Ruby community in other interesting ways, such as with grants for development of Ruby-related infrastructure like rubygems.org and bundler. I also help run the Golden Gate Ruby Conference (GoGaRuCo) here in San Francisco, our not-quite-so-regional regional Ruby conf.

In addition to running technical conferences, I do a lot of speaking at them, and some new speaker mentoring. I’ve written here about how to write a conference talk proposal.

My other active mentoring includes working with students at Hackbright Academy in San Francisco, and various other one-off teaching projects for adults and teenagers.

Contacting Me

The best way to get ahold of me is via Twitter. If you’re feeling old skool, though, you can email me at (my Twitter name) @ gmail. Be warned that I am very bad at email.