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Hi, I’m Helen Hou-Sandí!

I am a Senior Software Engineering Manager for Special Projects at GitHub and a WordPress Lead Developer. As a technologist, I am a leader in open source software and management, and care deeply about building great user experiences. I am also a classically-trained pianist who’s performed extensively worldwide.

You can also find me on Twitter and GitHub.

Latest blog posts

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Code is Poetry: A Musician’s Tale

Recent photos

  • I bought shoes again, this time my excuse is that they were $9 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Behold, for I have finally found the ultimate crossover.
  • Pore strip or white chocolate from a chocolate-covered strawberry?
  • Making my own dumpling wrappers is such a pain but they are worth it 🤤
  • From 21 to 39… we’ve celebrated a lot of this guy’s birthdays together, here’s to many more. Happy birthday husband
  • Shoes of the day
  • Had to make my nails cute and on-brand for #githubuniverse with a pixel Mona
  • Things that happen when you go too far down the custom mechanical keyboard rabbit hole
  • Lavender jelly Superstars for max 90s kid vibes
  • Obsessed with my daughter’s high fashion LEGO creation
  • Accessorizing my backpack to reflect my full being
  • LFG it’s time for some weights