I was raised on a 100-acre horse farm on the eastern tip of Long Island by two artist parents. My grandfather, Joseph Liss, was a prominent television writer who split his time between working in New York City and fishing at our family home in East Hampton. Surrounded by art and artists, I developed a love for creative expression. I became proficient in drawing and computers, winning numerous state and county awards by the time I was nine. I had an excellent mentor in high school that encouraged me to put together a professional portfolio, which helped me to win the Gold Award for Computer Technology and Design. I attended the New England Institute of Art and Technology on scholarship, where I concentrated my studies on front-end web development.
I previously helped lead the project and portfolio review team for the number-one-ranked coding education boot camp in the United States for seven years. I am now concentrating on working as an independent contractor for numerous companies and agencies in San Francisco and as a designer, developer, and consultant. I also firmly believe in the importance of giving back to my community, volunteering with community-based non-profit organizations in the Bay Area and in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am serving my second term on the board of directors for Mālama Mānoa. I also run a small rare and import record shop out of my art studio.
I dedicate numerous weeks of my free time to learning new technologies each year, enabling me to provide the best service to my students and clients.
My interests include DJing at community events, digging for records, making mix tapes, making art, fishing, and gardening.