For over eight years, I’ve been designing and developing technical tools to support community engagement, web publishing, and business practices. The choices and tradeoffs I make are grounded in broad awareness of who will be using these tools and how, the purpose of a project, as well as practical and shifting concerns over things like budget and time. For me, working with technology is a craft. And one that requires curiosity, rigorous attention to detail, and compassionate communication.
What keeps me interested in this work? Evaluating tools and making sure our use of them serves larger, organizational and impact goals. Exploring the histories and meeting the people behind technology I use. Connecting with colleagues and communities of peers who enjoy asking tough questions about how best to meet the social and environmental needs of our time.
Stepping smoothly and quickly into new domains of expertise has been a hallmark of my career. As well as working effectively at the intersection of technical and non-technical partnerships. Whether picking up a new programming language or an entirely new discipline, I’m able to draw on a deep passion for learning and desire to see the practical and beneficial impact of my work on the world around us.
From Valerie Aurora,
formerly, Executive Director of The Ada Initiative
Kellie revolutionized our fundraising strategy and implementation. Previously, our yearly fundraisers were stressful, demoralizing, and did not serve our donors well. After Kellie's work with us, our yearly fundraiser was still a lot of work, but was also a positive, uplifting experience for our employees and built up our relationships with our donors. We not only reached our goal but did it without burning out our fundraisers.
Kellie's suggested fundraising techniques reaped major benefits for our volunteer fundraisers as well: recognition from their community, new career opportunities, connections with senior management, and positive feedback from their friends and families. With this level of community goodwill and increased social capital for our supporters, we are in an excellent position for our next fundraiser.
Kellie is a self-starter and taught herself new skills astonishingly quickly, particularly in evaluating and learning to use complex new software platforms. She answered time-critical questions quickly throughout the campaign. She has excellent knowledge of the up-and-coming new tech-savvy donor for whom paper mail and buying email lists no longer work. Most importantly, she was able to diplomatically and calmly handle the fears and worries that come along with fundraising for so many people, myself included. I was surprised by how much emotional work came along with fundraising well and how critical it was to creating messages that worked.