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Nationality  United States
Name  Jessica McKellar

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Occupation  engineering manager, author
Residence  San Francisco, California, United States
Alma mater  Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Jessica Tess McKellar is an American software developer, engineering manager, and author.


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McKellar attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied computer science and chemistry.

Early life

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McKellar was born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1987 to parents Jane and Joel McKellar. She has a younger brother named Max and a younger sister named Olivia.


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McKellar was an early employee and engineering manager at Ksplice, which was acquired by Oracle in 2011. In 2012, McKellar co-founded Zulip, a chat software company. In 2014, the company was acquired by Dropbox. She has spoken at several conferences about outreach efforts to increase the diversity of open-source communities.

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Since 2012, she has been a director of the Python Software Foundation. In 2013, McKellar won the O'Reilly Open Source Award for her contributions to Python. She is a contributor to Twisted, a networking framework for Python. She is a director of engineering and the chief of staff to the VP of Engineering at Dropbox.


McKellar is the co-author of two books about computer programming, both for O'Reilly Media: Twisted Network Programming Essentials (2013) and Linux Device Drivers, 4th Edition" (upcoming).


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