I was the design/user experience lead for the WordPress open source project for 4.5 years, and project managed the development team for most of that time as well. I’ve recently shifted gears to focus more on community management and growing our contributor ranks with an emphasis on increasing diversity, starting with women. Automattic is my employer, and graciously donates most of my time to work on the open source project.
I’ve lived all over the country, in almost every cool place I ever wanted to live. Right now I’m based in Portland, OR. I have three cats (which is one more than I meant to have), and am a good cook/baker. Last year I updated my name.
I’m a weird mix of bleeding-heart liberal, libertarian, and pro-regulation, so I have a terrible time taking quizzes that plot you on a political graph. For example, I don’t think marriage should exist as a governmentally-regulated status at all, but I do think you should have to pass a fairly comprehensive training program and obtain a license to be allowed to have/raise a child. Aside from a few oddities like that, I’m about as left as they come.
I like books, plants, baby sea turtles, and a bunch of other stuff that I have failed to make time for as I have gotten older and more dependent on the computer. My goal is to reduce the time I spend looking at screens and increase the time I spend looking at real things, and possibly to make a small pond in my backyard.