Hi, I'm Donavon West

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I'm a full-stack software engineer, web developer, author, and speaker, living in the New York City area. I work as an independent contractor at Donavon, LLC.

I currently find myself "between gigs" at the moment (i.e. unemployed). I'm looking for contract work but would consider FTE if the right position came along (remote or in NYC).

Please read some of my blog posts to see what I'm made of. You can also download my resume or visit my LinkedIn.

My Tech Stack


TypeScript is a programming language developed and maintained by Microsoft. It is a strict syntactical superset of JavaScript and adds optional static typing to the language.


React is an open-source front-end JavaScript library for building user interfaces based on UI components. It is maintained by Meta (i.e. Facebook) and a community of developers.


Remix is a full stack web framework that lets you focus on the user interface and work back through web fundamentals to deliver a fast, slick, and resilient user experience.

Praise and Accolades

Eric Wengel

Eric Wengel • 1st

Vice President of Product at Hagerty

Donavon is a phenomenal principal engineer. He was incredibly knowledgeable in front-end engineering practices… Any company would be lucky to have his expertise and passion applied to its initiatives. I hope to work with Donavon again soon.

John Pettitt

John Pettitt • 1st

Head of Engineering at Yuzu

[Donavon] is the sort of leader managers love to have and engineers love to work for… He delivers high quality product on schedule. His technical and people skills and depth of experience make him a great leader and mentor.

Guy Livne

Guy Livne • 1st

Engineering Manager at Hagerty

It's rare that you come across standout talent like Donavon… [His] ability to juggle multiple projects and incidents was unlike any I've seen before and made a dramatic difference in the productivity level of our team… Donavon would be an asset to any team.

Praneet Wadge

Praneet Wadge • 1st

Digital Product Manager at Hagerty

I would highly recommend Donavon to any team looking for thoughtful software engineering and technical leadership, and needs high quality enterprise applications built in a timely manner.