I am a web systems architect with over 20 years’ experience designing, implementing and maintaining complex web platforms and data integrations within the nonprofit and education sectors. I thrive working with initiatives, teams and institutions that encourage more equitable access to information, education and democratic systems.
I specialize in open-source frameworks and communities like Drupal, LAMP-based WebOps solutions and agile development practices that make web projects sustainable and impactful. My recent work includes web solutions for business/marketing portals, data analysis and public databases with millions of records and hundreds of terabytes of data.
In addition to deep engineering expertise, I have experience in both technical project management and organizational leadership, making me uniquely positioned to interpret business needs and support a mission-focused technical strategy.
In November 1978 I began the elaborate process of growing up in a pleasant Chicago suburb. Approximately 19 years later, I called the University of Illinois home, and spent about 5 years swaggering among the doors of higher education while polishing a set of engineering credentials. One bachelors degree later, and several work and travel stints in the continental US and beyond, I found myself strangely drawn to the southern hemisphere and the rather abstract concept of “development”. Clearly one thing led to another and I began working, traveling and taking long introspective walks within the vague confines of Southern Africa and Southern South America. One might conclude that the juxtaposition of wildly communal living, some of the most stunning sites on earth, and small insights into the surprisingly beautiful, profoundly diverse, and strangely confusing world of civil society, changed me forever.
Though it's a constant journey to "put the pieces together", I now find myself inside the broad sphere of Information and Communication Technology for Development, and let my work details speak a bit more about that.