Hi! People often ask me for a bio. One of the ones below should suffice :-)
Founder & CEO of @alpineparrot • lover of animals, flan, and languages • 🙌🏽 🙌🏽 🙌🏽
Shorter Alpine Parrot Bio
Raquel Vélez is the Founder and CEO of Alpine Parrot, an outdoor apparel company whose mission is to celebrate and foster equitable access to the outside for people of size. In a previous life she was a robotics engineer and software engineering manager, but now she spends her time focusing on great fit, finding amazing materials, and building an inclusive community centered around body neutrality, spending time in nature, and finding joy in any environment. She was named one of Outside Magazine's Outsiders of the Year in 2021 and Well+Good Magazine's Changemakers in 2023.
Official (Long) Alpine Parrot Bio
Raquel Vélez is the Founder and CEO of Alpine Parrot, an outdoor apparel company that caters specifically to people of size and people of color. She brings with her almost two decades of engineering experience, having received her degree in mechanical engineering from Caltech, worked and studied as a robotics engineer, and eventually shifting over to software engineering and engineering management. Now, as an apparel engineer, she's creatively tackling one of the oldest (and most polluting) industries by creating sustainable, inclusive clothing for a market of people who have so often been neglected in the outdoor space. As a plus sized Latina who discovered her love of the outdoors later in life, Raquel has put an incredible amount of careful consideration into the design of each product, focusing on great fit and quality construction. She was named one of Outside Magazine's Outsiders of the Year 2021 and one of Well+Good Magazine's Changemakers 2023.
Old Tech Bios
purveyor of flan, platypus caretaker at @slackhq, former wombat caretaker at @npmjs, polyglot, craft engineer, speaker of things at places
Big Kid Bio