Leslie Cohn-Wein, Front End Engineer

Staff Engineering Manager for the Primer Design System at GitHub, working remote.
Previously engineering manager and frontend at Netlify, Canvas United, and IBM IX in NYC.
Pronounced CONE🍦-wine🍷. She/her.

👩🏻‍💻 About

Leslie Cohn-Wein

I’m a “front of the frontend” software engineering leader who loves supporting teams working with React, CSS (😍), design systems, and accessibility.

I’m a former co-host of the devchat.tv podcast React Round Up, and my agency work was nominated for a Webby and 4x Awwwards. A site I developed in 2018 won the prestigious CommArts Interactive Award. I’ve also written for CSS Tricks and LeadDev, and helped grow Netlify's frontend discipline from 2 to 12+ engineers during the startup's early years.

How did I get here? The first line of code I ever wrote was for my LiveJournal theme. I had a college internship building Drupal and WordPress sites for nonprofits; a few years later, I was developing sites for Nintendo.

As an agency developer, I saw firsthand how the Jamstack would revolutionize the web. I loved it so much that I joined Netlify in 2018 as employee number 30-something, where I worked on the React app that powers app.netlify.com and later managed the burgeoning growth engineering team.

In 2022, I went to work on my other favorite dev tool: GitHub. Combining my love of UI, accessibility, and systems thinking, I joined as an engineering manager to support the teams who build the Primer design system.

In my spare time, I frequent the ReactJS Dallas and Women Who Code DFW meetups, volunteer at Jewish Family Service, play board games, host dinner parties, and hang out with my (chef) spouse Eli, son Solomon, and our basset hound mix FBI Agent Burt "Mack" Macklin.

🎤 Speaking

I spend most of my time building, but every once in a while I say things.

✍️ Latest Posts

Sometimes I write about tech and sometimes I don't. Proceed with... awareness.