Zachariah Moreno

Web Design & Interactive Media

Full Stack Web Developer and Designer for the California Coastal Commission
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Alumni Zachariah Moreno

[My education] provided opportunities to learn from talented educators who advanced my skills in both visual design and web development. Zacharia Moreno , Full Stack Web Developer and Designer for the California Coastal Commission Associate of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media, 2011 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Zachariah Moreno is a full stack web developer and designer for the California Coastal Commission, an organization committed to protecting and enhancing California's coast and ocean for present and future generations. He designs, develops, and maintains the organization’s website, www.coastal.ca.gov, in collaboration with the agency's 12 content liaisons. “I also design, develop, and maintain my agency's public APIs (application programming interfaces), api.coastal.ca.gov, along with a web application, www.YourCoast.org.” The web application presents coastal access GIS (geographic information systems) data with the goal of helping more people to enjoy California's 1,400+ free public beach access locations. Zachariah also created the agency's private intranet, Coastal Insite, and several other internal tools and apps.

He starts his workday early, with meditation, coffee, and looking at the day’s activities. He rides his bike to the ferry from Alameda to San Francisco, then walks the rest of the way to work. “My daily goal is to contribute to 3-4 of my ongoing projects split evenly throughout the day, unless I am needed in meetings, in which case I work around them.”

The biggest challenge he faces at work is innovating within the bureaucracy of state government. “I routinely overcome this obstacle by listening to the constraints of the given project, designing innovative solutions that fit within the project's constraints, and rapidly developing the most promising solution.” He has an unwavering level of commitment to providing the organization’s constituents with the highest quality experience. “I experience the benefits of my work every time I talk with one of my teammates or a constituent about their improved experiences when they've encounter my agency's technology touch points.”

Zachariah has had the opportunity to contribute his skills as a full stack web developer and designer to multiple California State agencies and open source communities. “Additionally, I've been fortunate enough to have my writing published in Software Developer Journal Magazine and in my book, AngularJS Deployment Essentials, in collaboration with Packt Publishing.” He adds that creativity and design are just as applicable to challenging situations in life as they are to challenging assignments in school. “Play to your strengths by designing your ideal life and use your creativity to overcome obstacles in innovative ways.”

He recently took on the additional role of lead designer for his agency, giving him more opportunities to cultivate a more creative work environment. “We now have a Coastal Design Brand Standard that is being used to improve design consistency in everything that my agency produces, both in the real world and online.”

Zachariah, who in 2011 earned an Associate of Science in Web Site Development from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that his education provided opportunities to learn from talented educators who advanced his skills in both visual design and web development—from beginner to professional. “Today, my education serves as a platform on top of which I'm empowered to continue learning new skills in my field everyday.”