Clara Choi


Address: 5951 Canterbury Drive, 23, Culver City, California, United States | Phone Number: 9494165366


  • Ability to take initiative, analyze issues, and solve problems
  • Currently studying Japanese and Spanish
  • Bilingual – Cantonese, English
  • Auditing and Project Management experience - exposure to different business practices and managing projects of various sizes


  • Proficient in Rails, SQL, HTML/CSS
  • Experienced with Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, PageMaker, and QuarkExpress
  • Knowledgeable in Python/Spark, Scheme, and Microsoft Office Products (including Excel, Projects, and Visio)


Bachelor of Mathematics

Computer Science, Accounting
University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON Sep 2005 – 2013

  • Relevant Courses: Design Patterns, Algorithms, Public Speaking, Introduction to Managerial Accounting, and Strategy



Senior Software Engineer
Motive Inc, San Francisco, CA, Oct 2020 - Apr 2022

  • tech lead on rails and go software development of 7 engineers
  • refactor of legacy rails app with new FE apis while maintaining 100% backwards compatibility with legacy third party integrations
  • first engineer on new product vertical

Luca Ventures Inc, Culver City, CA,  August 2018 - Oct 2020

  • reinventing accounting/reconciliation for mid size startups with lots of purchases

Performance and Data Engineering Consultant
Wheels Lab Inc, West Hollywood, CA, June 2019 - Feb 2020

  • Performance Tuning in PostgreSQL / python / Go to reduce cost by over $10k / month
  • Data pipeline planning, better location data modelling and rollout of a system that process loT events at scale
  • Hardware rollout and testing that reduce cost by over $1 million / year

Rails and Data Engineering Consultant
Sensei Holdings, Inc, Santa Monica, CA, July 2018 - August 2019

  • hydroponic farm data design

Director, Data
Showroom Inc, Culver City, CA Aug 2017 - June 2018

  • data collection design - improved inventory accuracy to 98.5%
  • various system-human-process integrations
  • developed operational reporting features (Rails) with C-level execs, warehouse managers, designers, and product managers.

Senior Rails Engineer
Clutter Inc, Culver City, CA Feb 2016 - Aug 2017

  • billing system design (Rails), redeveloped legacy system in 6 weeks while collecting money concurrently with old system without double billing, imported all legacy data with build in A-B pricing testing platform.
  • financial data reconciliation (SQL)
  • local tax compliance - gross receipt, payroll tax jurisdiction
  • data system design
  • accounting review and data preparations for series b fundraising
Recipe Translator
Cookpad Inc, Tokyo, CA Feb 2014 - June 2014
  • Translate Japanese recipes to English

Software Developer
Shopify, Ottawa, ON May 2011 - Aug 2011, Jan 2012 – Feb 2016

  • financial data reconciliation and reporting in SQL/custom reporting framework, as well as hadoop/spark/tableau
  • data analysis for business decisions
  • data collection and integrations (rails/SQL/python)
  • billing system design and maintenance (rails)
    • for a system that collects over $100 million annually
    • managed end to end pipeline from data generation, reporting, to customer support
  • data quality
    • developed data quality framework
    • found and fixed systematic problems
      • over 15 million rows of errors upstream of data systems

Project Specialist
ING Life Japan, Tokyo, Japan Jan 2010 – Dec 2010

  • Managing small projects within the division (technology)
  • Working with different stakeholders (both internal and external) to address project concerns (planning)
  • Monitoring and Managing project timeline and exceptions (execution)
  • Working with different aspects of the project (legal, finance, compliance and technology)
  • Responsible for preparations of various meetings, project discussions, and management decisions

Quality Assurance
CaseWare International, Toronto, ON Jan 2009 – Apr 2009

  • Testing of auditing templates
  • Developing test plans

Staff Accountant
KPMG LLP, Waterloo, ON Jan 2007 – Apr 2007, Jan 2008 – Apr 2008

  • Performed audits, special reporting, fraud detection, and tax reporting services
  • Improved audit efficiency by developing automated processes


Director of Logistics, Head Delegate
CUSEC, Montreal, ON Aug 2008 -  Jan 2010

  • Responsible for promotion and fundraising for the UW Campus
  • Responsible for making things happen

UW Badminton Club, Waterloo, ON Sep 2005 – Dec 2009

  • Organizing club events such as socials, demos, and tournaments
  • Upgraded UW Badminton Club’s website for easier update of news and events (


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