Chris J Mears

Iʼm a Data Engineer with a focus on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Owner, Wandering Leaf Studios, LLC

San Diego, CA / RemoteMay 2018 to Present
  • Advise clients with varying technical skill on technology strategies which fit their goals and budgets through process-oriented workflows.
  • Deliver websites, applications, and cloud infrastructure solutions, including serverless APIs, eCommerce implementations, internal tools, CI/CD, DevOps, and deployment automation.
  • Support clients via process-oriented workflows to reproduce, troubleshoot, and solve technology issues by email, screen-sharing, videos, and documentation.

Web Development Engineer II, Goodreads

San Francisco, CAFebruary 2013 to May 2014
  • Developed the ground-up redesign of the cross-browser and cross-device compliant mobile website which had ~17.6 million monthly unique visitors.
  • Mentored junior co-workers on front-end (HTML & CSS) conventions and best practices.
  • Assisted the Android Kindle product team to quickly integrate a prototype search feature.

Technical Co-founder, Canned Banners

San Francisco, CAJanuary 2009 to February 2013
  • Designed and built a scalable display ad creation SaaS platform using Ruby on Rails and Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud services (including EC2, RDS, SQS, and S3).
  • Developed a scalable and easily deployable PHP-based dynamic display ad framework.
  • Created a JavaScript embeddable display ad editor, which utilized the ad creation API.
  • Performed a variety of roles including software developer, systems administrator, database administrator, DevOps, solutions architect, and customer support.

Software Engineer III, Cisco Systems

San Francisco, CAFebruary 2011 to June 2011
  • Oversaw the project in the Cisco Media Solutions Group (CMSG) to refactor the enterprise-level Cisco Eos media platform so that it would be more cross-browser compatible and usable on 100+ custom-designed websites.

Contract Web Developer, Cisco Systems

San Francisco, CAJanuary 2010 to August 2010
  • Coordinated the front-end internationalization (i18n) effort, which included documenting more than 300 strings.
  • Communicated with Java and PHP developers to implement custom text replacement functionality.

Front-end Web Developer, Foodbuzz, Inc

San Francisco, CASeptember 2008 to August 2009
  • Led standards-driven front-end development for food social media start-up.

Web and IT Manager, Wine Institute

San Francisco, CAJune 2005 to September 2008
  • Continuously improved non-profit organization with a minimal budget in the areas of the website, database, network, device and asset management, security, and documentation.
  • Triaged and supported non-technical co-workers to solve computer and network issues.

Telecom Specialist II, Progressive Insurance

Cleveland, OHJune 2003 to March 2005
  • Provided Tier 2 network support for all United States remote offices, including daily interaction with phone carriers such as AT&T and MCI Worldcom.

Project Assistant, Global Network Services (Intern), NCR

Dayton, OHJune 2002 to August 2002
  • Developed and managed projects involving the deployment of a remote access Internet Virtual Private Network (IVPN) solution.

Intranet Applications Development (Intern), BAE Systems

Alexandria, VAJune 2000 to August 2001
  • Collaborated corporate web team to deliver ColdFusion web applications for the U.S. Navy (AEGIS), Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), and corporate inter/intranet.


  • Ohio University, Athens, OH
    Bachelor of Science, Communication Systems Management

Technical Skills

Programming Languages

JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, Python, HTML, CSS

Tools & Services

  • Database & Caching GraphQL, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, DynamoDB, MongoDB, Redis
  • eCommerceStripe, Braintree, Big Commerce, Shopify, Squarespace
  • ServicesAmazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Git / Github, Heroku, Now / Zeit, DigitalOcean
  • Project Management Jira, Trello, Github Issues, Notion
  • Frameworks Node.js, React, Express, Serverless, jQuery, Ruby on Rails, Jekyll, WordPress



  • Open Brewery DB

    A free and open-source API for public information on breweries, cideries, brewpubs, and bottleshops.


  • Remote & distributed team evangelist 🏠
  • Rescue dog owner 🐶
  • Tea, coffee, and craft beer enthusiast 🍵☕️🍺