Lauren Pittenger is a Front End Designer and Developer with LBDesign. She also serves as an instructor with the Women’s Coding Collective. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and snuggling puppies.
Matías is a designer and developer at Automattic, but also a philosophy enthusiast, writer, film director and photographer. He has been contributing to core since he co-designed the Twenty Eleven default theme. More recently, he worked on the theme browser update for versions 3.8 and 3.9. You can find him on Twitter as @matias_ventura.
Winstina Hughes is a Master of City and Regional Planning candidate at Rutgers University. She received a B.A. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers. Her focus is transit-oriented development (TOD). She’s written about real estate development and transportation for hyper local news, and maintains her own WordPress.com blog on suburban planning and community engagement in the town she lives. Winstina bleeds scarlet, loves hip-hop, and adores WordPress software.
Mel Choyce is a Design Engineer at Automattic, WordPress core contributor, and co-organizer for the Boston WordPress community. She loves big typography, cold brew coffee, and teaching people about WordPress. You can find her on twitter @melchoyce.
Dennis is a Code Wrangler at Automattic, Inc. and spends his days reticulating splines, working on backend APIs, refactoring code, and thinking. As an engineer, he tends to ramble about code performance, signal processing, and how to play well with others. As a digital nomad, he owns very few things and enjoys living simply with his most wonderful wife. He loves cooking, engineering, photography, and his Christian faith.
Tony is one of the Co-Founders, and CEO at Sucuri; a globally recognized website security firm specializing in cleaning and protecting websites. Tony has spent the better part of 5 years building an organization designed to provide value to website owners when they need it most. He has worked with 100’s of thousands of websites, helping them navigate their online security challenges, has spoken at events and conferences around the world, and is adamant in the power of education and awareness. He actively writes and shares his thoughts on both business and security on his personal web properties.
He is a former US Marine, holds his undergraduate degree in Technology Management, and is an active Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and competitor.
Taylor Lovett is the Director of Engineering at 10up, one of the biggest WordPress centric agencies in the world. Having been involved with WordPress since 2007, he has contributed to WordPress core, authored popular plugins (downloaded hundreds of thousands of times), and spoken at many conferences across multiple continents. He is a lover of all things open-source. Other than developing web applications, Taylor is a lover of music. He enjoys listening to blues and jazz music as well as playing acoustic fingerstyle firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Taylor is a Senior Software Engineer at The New York Times on the Interactive News Team. He is a Core Developer of WordPress and is the Release Lead for WordPress 4.4. Scott lives in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, not Colonial) and really likes Mexican food. Scott is mainly a musician, but he also finds time to code and has contributed in small and big ways to the last 10 releases of WordPress.
I am a programmer, I am interested in asking why, learning, in open source (long-time WordPress contributor), in security (Security Czar for the WordPress project), in beautiful products (I work at Automattic), but first and foremost in getting better at what I do every single day.
Matt Cheney is a long time web developer who has implemented several decoupled CMS solutions using AngularJS and Backbone. He is also the co-founder of Pantheon which provides WordPress and Drupal hosting.
Mark Llobrera is the Technology Director for Bluecadet in Philadelphia, where he and his team build websites, native iOS/Android applications, and touchscreen applications for museums and non-profits. He specializes in CMSes built with WordPress and Drupal.
Josepha comes from a long line of writers and was raised to be a life-long learner. She has a passion for language and storycrafting, a skill she practices on starsandthemoon.com. Josepha has over a decade of experience using SEO, data analysis, and content marketing to bring success and visibility to clients all over the world. Since 2010 she’s been working in her hometown of Kansas City to increase digital literacy and get more women in technology. Josepha works at Automattic as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project.
Joe Schaffner is a librarian at the University of Pennsylvania who manages the Canvas at Penn Blog, which provides news and information to the University about the Canvas learning management system. In addition to leveraging WordPress to enhance and support the Canvas user experience, Joe teaches workshops, designs documentation, and supports Canvas users across the University. Joe holds a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and has over 5 years of experience teaching University-level writing and literature courses.
Curtiss Grymala, the founder of Ten-321 Enterprises, is the Senior Web Technologist at the University of Mary Washington. At the UMW, Grymala was responsible for working with the external vendor in charge of the site design, and manages all custom development for the University’s unique multi-network implementation of WordPress as its CMS. Grymala was also responsible for all custom development and implementation for the latest incarnation of the UMW website, still running on WordPress. He has consulted with various divisions and organizations at the University of Michigan, University of Virginia, Southern Arkansas University the University of Florida and many more.
Beth Soderberg is a developer, design lover, cat mom, feminist, genealogist, herbivore environmentalist, and politico. Her happy place is where code and design intersect and she is obsessive about clean code, solid design execution, and empowering the user. Beth works as a web developer at CHIEF and in her spare time volunteers with the WordPress Training and TV Teams, the WordPress DC Meetup, and the DCFemTech coalition in Washington, DC.
Andrew Nacin is a Lead Developer at WordPress, mentoring contributors, setting goals, and spearheading new development. He has strong feelings about the core philosophies of WordPress, among them “decisions, not options” — software should be opinionated in lieu of burdening the user with too many options. Recently, he joined the U.S. Digital Service at the White House.
Andrea is a professor at Drexel University whose passions are to make and think about technologies that help people do things they couldn’t do before.
Allen Moore is a Front-End Engineer at 10up, where he specializes in Sass and Front-End Performance. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and dog, tweets at @creativeallen, and blogs at allenmoore.me.
Adam started programming by learning assembly code on his Radio Shack color computer (with 4K!), and started a software company from his college dorm room. After years building custom solutions he embraced WordPress as his platform of choice, built sites for clients large and small, and eventually wound up as a Senior Web Engineer at leading WordPress agency 10up.
Adam is a contributing developer to WordPress core and was recognized as a “rockstar” for his role in the revisions rewrite for WordPress 3.6. He loves long rafting trips, playing mbira, travel, taking walks and tending his over sized garden.
Charlie Reisinger is the IT Director at Penn Manor School District in beautiful Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He leads instructional technology programs and school enterprise technical operations. An impassioned advocate for open education and empowering students through technology, Charlie and his team deeply integrate a free and open source philosophy into classroom teaching and learning. He recently launched Pennsylvania’s largest high school 1:1 student laptop learning program using Linux and open source software exclusively.
By day, Dennis engineers happiness at WordPress.com. By night, he is a relationships and comedy writer, which can be redundant or an oxymoron, depending on your perspective. Dennis’s experiences as a WordPress user led him to his current job at Automattic, and he’s excited to share everything he’s learned about both the craft and the technical aspects of maintaining a blog.
Mike Toppa has been coding for the web since the days of HTML 1.0, and he caught the WordPress bug when he wrote his first plugin in 2007. He’s the CTO for Poka Yoke Design, a web consulting firm specializing in WordPress and Ruby on Rails. Mike was previously the Director of Development for WebDevStudios, and he’s also worked at U Penn, Stanford, Georgetown, Ask Jeeves, and E-Trade. Outside of work you will most likely find Mike embroiled in a Nerf gun battle with his two young boys.
Helen is a lead developer of WordPress and the Director of Platform Experience at 10up, where she contributes to the WordPress open source software project full-time. As a lead developer, she writes and reviews patches and supports community contributors, with special focuses on UI development and pain points commonly experienced in large-scale client work. Having been a professional musician in a previous life, Helen believes in the value of the intersection of technique and artistry in all aspects of life, including software.
Gregory Cornelius is a software engineer at HubSpot and WordPress core contributor who brings his passion and thoughtfulness from years of writing and performing music to the craft of web development. Before joining HubSpot, he worked at Automattic on a complete revamp of the WordPress.com dashboard. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.
Prior to joining Automattic as a code wrangler a year ago David was a engineering manager for Canonical for over seven years, and has over 20 years experience in the industry. He has authored two technical books, numerous articles, and participated in various projects over the years. As a husband, a father of four, and helping to run two schools as a Governor, he is also well practiced at time management!
Licensed Caffeine Therapist and Data Geek. Huge lover of dogs, tea, coffee, and cantaloupe. Wanders on purpose. Often gets lost a lot while driving.
Kyle is the co-founder of a Jackson, Michigan based agency called Real Big Marketing which specializes in using WordPress to solve complicated problems for businesses. He is also the author of and a contributor to dozens of WordPress plugins, is the co-organizer of the Jackson WP meetup, is a co-organizer of WordCamp Ann Arbor, plays in a band and is an aspiring beer snob.
Luke Woodward is an engineering manager with 10up, a freaking amazing web agency. He has been working in the WordPress space for 4 years. While he enjoys code and difficult software engineering problems, his real passion is continuous learning. If he has some down time, you’ll likely find Luke listening to podcasts, reading, or writing about a variety of topics ranging from leadership and business to software and graphic design. This passion for learning has pushed Luke to share his knowledge. It’s absolutely true that the best way to learn something is by teaching it. Working through problems with others is the hallmark of a good day for him. Luke can sometimes be a little shy, but he works hard to make everyone know they matter.
RC is the lead developer for the Control Center plugin and works at WetPaint, building marketing tools for WordPress sites. His passion for data and automation fuels his curiosity to connect WordPress to the internet of things and build meaningful experiences where the two intersect.
I’m a photographer, filmmaker, and Happiness Engineer. Whether I’m tinkering on the web or editing a film, I’m often introducing users and storytellers to visual design and how to avoid the pitfalls of “en vogue” to create products that can withstand the test of rising and falling fashions in typography, photography, moving images, and design.
Michael is a designer at Automattic. He may be a tad obsessed with CSS (especially Sass) and beautiful typography. Michael is currently working at Automattic on some pretty neato WordPress projects.
Morten Rand-Hendriksen built his first website in 1997 and has used the web to further communication between people ever since. He’s a senior staff author at lynda.com, a LinkedIn Company, where he has published 60+ courses on WordPress and front-end development reaching hundreds of thousands of learners world wide. He also teaches web design and development at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In his spare time he co-organizes the Vancouver WordPress Meetup Group, contributes to WordPress core, and wears out his shoes on a ballroom dance floor.
An accessibility-focused Project Manager with nearly 20 years in the industry, Robert has worked on award winning sites for teams including Happy Cog, Simply Accessible, Seven Heads Design, SuperFriendly, and Big Medium. Past clients include Zappos, Georgetown University, Nintendo, Time Inc., RealSimple, ESPN, American Airlines, JetBlue, and many others. When not online, Robert may be found with his family, riding his bike, or at a nearby Waffle House.
Ryan Rudolph started building websites while attending La Salle University. Shortly after graduation, he became Partner, and CTO at GetPhound, a digital marketing agency located right outside of Philadelphia. Ryan loves the challenge of crafting clean and professional websites for clients.
With a life-long passion for art and a BFA in Graphic Design, Stephanie is a web designer with an emphasis on design. She started freelancing as a print designer many years ago, but found the transition to web design a natural progression. Shortly thereafter, Stephanie and her husband began experimenting with WordPress around version 2.0.2 and built a thriving company around it. In 2011 they moved their family to Jacksonville, FL and rebranded as Flightless. Stephanie has been involved with the Florida WordPress community since 2014 and recently started finding herself on the opposite side of the audience at WordCamps. Most weeks you will find her attempting to balance web design and homeschooling, exploring the world of flavors she can invent in her kitchen, and sometimes on Twitter @sjbrinley.
Brian is a web developer, writer, and consultant based in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s the editor of Post Status, a news and information website for WordPress professionals. It’s a community-centric project with around 500 members doing incredible things with WordPress.
A proud (suburban) Philadelphia native, Anthony has been at Automattic for the past seven years and currently leads the Akismet team as it fights its way through the world of web spam. He’s been a faithful WordPress user since 200 and was one of the founding organizers of WordCamp Philly back in 2010.
Chris is a Senior Web Engineer for 10up and has been working on WordPress since 2008. Before joining 10up Chris built one of the largest security plugins in the WordPress community as well as numerous other plugins and solutions. When not coding Chris loves to teach and has presented at numerous WordCamps and other conferences as well as taught computer security for St. Edward’s University and other University courses ranging from computers to aviation.
Judi Knight is the founder and chief at New Tricks. When she’s not working with businesses to help them spread their goodness online, she’s probably checking people into the Urban Oasis Bed and Breakfast, planning WordPress events or hanging out with her husband and three Basset Hounds.
Fred Meyer is co-editor of WPShout (wpshout.com), which offers weekly WordPress tech tutorials, and co-author of Up and Running (upandrunningwp.com), a multimedia guide to WordPress development. Fred also operates a boutique web agency, Press Up (pressupinc.com), that specializes in WordPress projects.
Courtney OCallaghan is Chief Digital Officer for the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian. She has been obsessed with WordPress since building Ms. magazine’s blog in 2010. She is a professional listener, amateur teacher, vegetarian mom, animal caretaker, people watcher, culture enthusiast, off-hours feminist, book hoarder, designer/coder/other, CA native, proud DC resident, always in search of an ocean.
Aaron is a Sr. Web Engineer for 10up and have been actively working with WordPress since 2004. He is the author of the WordPress Bible, has done WordPress consulting for large and small clients, before joining 10up in an engineering and DevOps role. He lives in Baltimore where he religiously follows football and soccer, samples beer and practices his photography.
Zack Tollman is an application architect on the WIRED tech team. Before joining WIRED, Tollman worked as technical lead at the Theme Foundry and senior web engineer at 10up. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University and PhD from Washington State University. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife.
Shayda Torabi is a Product Marketer at WP Engine living in her hometown of Austin, Texas. She is a WordPress community advocate having been to over 30 WordCamps worldwide, and she’s never met a WordCamp she hasn’t had the time of her life at. In her spare time she can be found food blogging at www.DineWithShayda.com, hiking a national park, or hanging out on twitter @shaptora.
Dmitry is a freelance web designer and developer. He builds custom themes and plugins for WordPress. Founder of a theme shop called ThemePatio. Loves meaningful typography, beautiful color schemes, maintainable code and the smell of a good coffee in the morning.
Paul Schreiber has been building for the web since 1995. He spent eight years as an Mac OS X engineer at Apple, served as the founding CTO at TurboVote, codeveloped the 2008 Obama campaign’s voter registration tool and built Admitting Failure for Engineers Without Borders Canada. When he’s not making FiveThirtyEight hum, Paul can be found baking cakes, hosting house concerts, playing hockey and doing crossword puzzles in ink.
When you think of quilting grandmothers, you probably don’t think of Andrea. And yet – she is a grandma to three, creates WordPress tshirt quilts, and is a Customer Tech Support Lead for Rainmaker Digital. Excessively friendly, Andrea has been a long term volunteer, recovering freelancer, author and all around community evangelist. Make sure you introduce yourself!
Anthony D. Paul
I help build great digital experiences and software through usability research, IA concepts, and prototypes. Outside the office, you’ll find me spread across regional meetups and conferences—evangelizing IA/UX, accessibility, and a variety of open source dev projects. When I’m not doing responsible adult things, I grow the world’s hottest chili peppers and bottle my own hot sauce. I’d divulge something funny from my past, but these days the Internet does a better job of surfacing our embarrassing moments; find me anywhere by Googling “anthonydpaul”.
Kimberly (Kim) Shivler, M.Ed. has been a technical trainer and writer for over 20 years. She learned HTML in 1995 building help files as a UNIX system administrator and opened her first web development company in 1996. Since then, Kim has worked as a business owner and employee in a variety of fields including a few years as part of an IBM worldwide team. Between 2008 and 2012, she worked with a variety of Content Management Systems and ran an online membership site for skincare professionals using Drupal. In 2012, Kim found WordPress and never looked back at any other CMS. She has been creating online courses in WordPress since 2013 and currently combines her background in education, years of business experience, and WordPress experience to teach others how to build online courses and membership websites.
CTO of WPMU DEV (140+ premium plugins and support) and Edublogs (hosting 3 million+ education blogs) with a team of 26 developers around the globe. WordPress plugin developer specializing in Multisite for 6 years, working from home in Dallas. Proud father of 3 and a world travel nut.
Veteran, family man, coffee enthusiast, and open source contributor; Morgan works with the Core and Documentation teams to patch and enhance WordPress. By day, he’s a Web Engineer with 10up, where he uses WordPress to help make publishing easy (and maybe even fun) for clients, and ElasticPress to help them find it afterwards.
Tina is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at SiteGround web hosting company. In her role she is primarily responsible for growing the company client base through partnerships. She oversees the events and affiliates marketing teams through which SiteGround currently recruits the majority of their partners. She has attended numerous WordCamps and other industry events and thanks to her and her team efforts the company has managed to grow their client base and build the successful brand that SiteGround is today.
David A. Kennedy works as a Theminator at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and many other fine web products. He wrangles themes for WordPress.com, making them the best they can be and ensuring everyone can find a theme they love. He’s also an accessibility evangelist who loves the open web and open source code. He contributes to WordPress Core, the WordPress Accessibility Team and the Underscores starter theme.
Carl Alexander is a PHP developer that loves learning and teaching advanced technology topics. He publishes articles about them on his blog on a regular basis. It’s his way to help you with these hard-to-learn topics. Besides that, he’s been a WordPress Montréal organizer since 2010. He helps organize WordCamp Montréal and other WordPress events during the year. You can find him on Twitter and GitHub.
Tracy Rotton is the Front-End Architect for RP3 Agency and is passionate about creating responsive web experiences for their clients. She is also a WordPress core contributor, speaker, and instructor at General Assembly in Washington, D.C. Away from her computer, Tracy is obsessed with skiing, football, and her two children.
Sara Cope is a project manager and developer with the U.S. federal government, operations guru at CSS-Tricks and co-founder & instructor for Girl Develop It Dayton. WordPress is her weapon of choice and digital gov is her passion. She is a lifelong midwesterner, working remote from Dayton, Ohio. When Sara isn’t immersed in all things web, she can be found playing tabletop games and supporting her local park system.
Ryan Duff has been working with WordPress since early 2004 and was the original author of the WordPress Contact Form plugin. As a long time community member, he enjoys exploring new ways to make use of WordPress. Making things simple for clients and pushing the envelope of what’s possible is at the core of that. Ryan is a developer by nature so he focuses primarily on back end architecture and less on design. He’s also an experienced linux sysadmin with a few years under his belt. Over the past couple of years he’s given various WordCamp talks highlighting these skills. He also runs the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania WordPress meetup group.
Andrea Badgley is a writer and Happiness Engineer with Automattic. She has been blogging on her Butterfly Mind site for four years, and her writing appears in Southern Women’s Review, on the Brevity blog, and on WordPress.com’s Daily Post. She grew up on the coast of Georgia and now lives with her husband and two children in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. You can also follow her writing at Andrea Reads America, where she chronicles her literary tour of the US, and on Twitter @andreabadgley.
Sara Cannon is Partner and Creative Director at Range. She loves design, typography, user experience, and art. Sara loves giving talks around the globe on web design, responsive design, web typography, and more. A seasoned designer, Sara has done work for clients such as Disney Publishing and Flickr. She loves open source, her pets, traveling, and WordPress.
Lisa Melegari is a web content writer, social media manager, and all-around web nerd, currently working at We Do Web Content, Inc. Her work passions include ghostwriting eBooks, fixing minor WordPress issues on her clients’ sites, creating infographics and any projects where her odd creativity can be put to use. Outside of work, she organizes the WordPress Orlando meetups and WordCamp Orlando, as well as advises her home chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity at her alma mater, the University of Central Florida. She lives in Deltona, FL with 11 cats and enjoys traveling, Japanese things, video games, and cooking.
Patrick lives in Denver Colorado and loves yoga, minimalism, running, & board games. He’s an author, poly, and the Product Manager for #WooCommerce at Automattic.
Luca Sartoni is a media professional with more than a decade of technical and marketing expertise. Thanks to his extensive experience in business environments ranging from SMEs to large corporate projects, Luca helps companies scale up by implementing data-driven strategies. He does not believe in Santa Claus, magic spells and everything not backed by facts. Luca is a Growthketeer at Automattic.
David is a full-time freelancer and WordPress developer living in South Florida (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area). His work focuses on consulting businesses while building themes and plugins (and dabs in front-end development). Specializes in BuddyPress. David is also speaker at various conferences, helps run the local WordPress meetups, and is a conference organizer (has been involved with WordCamp Miami for over seven years). He is a father to twin 6yr. daughters and a 11yr. old daughter that already wants to be a coder. Oh yes… loves his wife too.
Erica Varlese works at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, on the Happiness Hiring team. When she’s not glued to her laptop, she likes to practice photography, fawn over her dog, and espouse the various wonders of New Jersey.
I’ve been working with WordPress for the past 8 years, and directly in the field of Digital Project Management for the past 3 years. I’ve been working with the team at ServerPress.com for the past year, where I’m serving as Director of Steve, Marc, and Gregg. I get to manage fun, engaging, and exciting enterprise level WordPress builds over at PlainMade.com and CodeBrainMedia.com. I’ve also recently joined the team at WPDevelopersClub.com to assist with marketing and communications. I have been building communities and working online since the mid 90’s, and I live near Austin, TX.
Joe Dolson is an active contributor to the WordPress accessibility team, and provides ongoing support to the Theme Review team by performing accessibility audits on themes submitted for the accessibility-ready tag. He’s been developing for WordPress since 2007. Joe provides accessibility consulting, develops WordPress plug-ins, and builds bespoke WordPress web sites primarily for non-profit and disability service organizations. Joe also brews beer, practices Shotokan Karate, and plays classical violin.
Hilary Fosdal is the owner of Red Phone Studio, a design and development company based in Chicago. She started building websites while working in the broadcast television industry. While still a news junkie, she loves to talk shop about all things digital. In her spare time, she seeks outdoor adventures that involve mostly hiking and running.
Josh Koenig is a Co-Founder and Head of Product for Pantheon, the website management platform for WordPress and Drupal. Pantheon provides the complete toolchain for developers using the leading open-source CMSs to build, launch, and run all their sites.
Rich is a WordPress community advocate, WordCamp speaker/organizer and WordCamp Central Community Deputy. He teaches Web Development at a local community college, loves to travel and is addicted to coffee. He is learning to cope with Impostor Syndrome.
LeeAnn is a front-end developer living in Philadelphia, PA. She is a web accessibility advocate, co-organizer of LadyHacks and ELA Conf as well as co-organizer and teacher for Girl Develop It Philly. In her spare time she loves to hike, bike, camp and travel as much as possible.
David began building HTML websites in high school, breaking in programming classes as they appeared at his school. PHP came shortly after, with the mind blowing ability to make websites more than static entities. Later, early in 2008, David discovered WordPress and has been a proselytizer ever since. As lead organizer of WordCamp Orlando, David regularly speaks, mentors, teaches and trains on best practices with WordPress.
Kathryn Presner thrives on helping people get the most out of WordPress. After a career designing and building websites for clients, she joined Automattic as a Happiness Engineer in 2012. She’s currently Theme Whisperer on the Theme Team, where she helps folks with customization, configuration, and troubleshooting. She enjoys spreading her passion for WordPress and encouraging new public speakers at WordCamps, Girl Geeks, Ladies Learning Code, and other grassroots events. Non-WordPress obsessions include vintage Pyrex mixing bowls and growing garlic.
Joe Casabona is a Front End Developer at Crowd Favorite and author of the book, Responsive Design with WordPress. He is also a Yankee fan, plays the drums, and enjoys a fine cigar from time to time. You can find him over at casabona.org or on Twitter at @jcasabona.
Lead Engineer at thewirecutter.com and thesweethome.com. Lead Developer of the WP REST API plugin and WordPress Core contributor.
Aaron Jorbin is a polyhistoric man of the web. Currently Technical Architect on the Conde Nast Platform Team and a WordPress Core Committer, he works to improve developer happiness and is dedicated to making the internet usable and enjoyable by everyone. He tweets at @aaronjorbin and writes regularly at daily.jorb.in.