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Summary

Over 15 years of experience as a full stack developer and designer, with a focus on Wordpress and Drupal content managed websites. Experienced in all stages of the website development lifecycle from planning, design, implementation, testing, launch and operations.

Work experience

Partner / CTO

Urbanize Media
Mar 2015Present

In 2015 Chris teamed up with with commercial real estate blogger Steven Sharp to launch the LA-based commercial real estate news platform Urbanize LA.  Through iterative UX/UI improvements, SEO strategizing and social media outreach Chris was able to increase Urbanize LA' readership by 500% to 480,000 monthly page views and 90,000 unique monthly visitors.

Web Designer / Developer

Creative Pursuits LLC
Jul 2012Present

 In 2012 Chris and his wife Nathasha founded the digital agency Creative Pursuits LLC.  At Creative Pursuits  Chris designed and built websites and web apps for clients including Disney Interactive, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Herb Alpert Foundation, and many others.

Full Stack Web Engineer

Urban Insight
Jan 2010Jul 2012

Chris worked at Urban Insight primarily as a full stack web engineer, at times also taking on a project manager role.  During his time at Urban Insight,  Chris worked on projects for the USC Lusk Center, the California Planning & Development Report, Planetizen, Otis School of Art & Design, the City of Los Angeles, the City of West Hollywood, the Southern California Association of Governments, the Urban Land Institute, and many other clients..

Web Designer / Web Developer

The National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education
20072009

At NCSG, Chris was tasked with building a set of web-based visualizations using research data. His work there culminated in the Maryland Smart Growth Indicators Project, a website which allowed Maryland residents to view a series of animated data visualizations, illustrating how the state was doing in terms of reaching its statewide smart growth goals.

Education

Portfolio

Skills

User Experience (UX)

Experienced in analyzing and optimizing UX in existing websites . Strive to keep great user experience as the core focus when designing new websites. Well-versed in strategies for improving UX including the following:

  • User research
  • Information Architecture (IA)
  • User interface design
  • Visual design
Performance Optimization

Good working knowledge of website performance optimization tools, including:

  • PHP configuration and memory allocation
  • Caching (PHP, CMS, and Database)
  • Varnish proxy server
  • Content Delivery Networks
  • CSS/JS minification and compression
Database

A decade of experience using MySQL, including:

  • Integration with content management platforms like Drupal and Wordpress
  • Performance optimization at the DB, table, and query level
  • Database backup strategies and tools
SEO & Social Media

Experienced in using search engine optimization strategies and social media platforms (including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) to drive and increase website traffic.  Able to parse and analyze traffic analytics and use it to develop goals and strategies.

Version Control Systems

Excellent knowledge of version control systems including Git and Subversion. Committed to best practices when committing and deploying code.

CSS Preprocessors

Expert with LESS and SASS preprocessors.  Good working knowledge of Compass.

HTML/CSS Frameworks

Expertise with Bootstrap, Foundation, Zen, and 960 Grid.

Client-side Languages & Libraries

Good working knowledge of javascript, jQuery, and jQueryUI.

Content Management Systems

Drupal developer with over 10 years of experience. Highly experienced with custom module development and custom scratch-built themes. Good working knowledge of Wordpress and Joomla.

Server Side Languages

Expert in PHP. Proficient in Symfony PHP framework.  working knowledge of ASP and Java.