David A. Kennedy

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To create usable websites with the latest web technologies, keeping users, content and accessibility in mind.



Automattic, 09/2014 – Present

  •  Help wrangle themes for, making them the best they can be and ensuring everyone can find a theme they love.

Interactive Designer

Rock Creek Strategic Marketing, 01/2013 – 09/2014

  • Help government web design and development become more open, modern and sustainable, working in-house for client, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Develop and test HTML, CSS and JavaScript for Notable projects include Paying for College and Find a Housing Counselor.
  • Review and test projects for Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 compliance.
  • Foster accessibility principles among colleagues.

Online Communications Manager

The Arc, 09/2010 – 01/2013

  • Managed the national non-profit organization’s online presence.
  • Oversaw the creation of digital elements of The Arc’s rebranding effort and the build and launch of the Autism NOW Center.
  • Spurred the adoption of open source projects (WordPress) and the use of HTML5 on websites.
  • Established a digital-first publishing mentality.


Fuel Brand, Inc., 07/2009 – 07/2010

  • Wrote articles on writing tips and creative inspiration for other writers.

Multimedia Developer Intern

Guilford Technical Community College, 02/2010 – 05/2010

  • Wrote script, designed and built Flash interface with Actionscript 2 for multimedia quiz.

Producer and Web Developer

Barrow Hill Junior School, 01/2010 – 02/2010

  • Led team of 10 in the creation of a multimedia website that tells the story of a London elementary school.
  • Shot photo and video content for project.
  • Implemented final site design, using HTML, CSS and Flash.

Copy and Communications Associate

Graphik Dimensions, Ltd., 02/2008 – 07/2009

  • Created a new, more engaging conversational voice for the company’s copy on its website and in its catalog.
  • Organized the company’s organic SEO efforts, gaining traction in natural search.
  • Established the company’s presence on Facebook and Twitter, gaining hundreds of new followers.

Editor, Copy Editor and Reporter

The Observer Newspapers, 02/2006 – 11/2007

  • Covered a variety of beats as a reporter, producing an average of two stories a day and took photos to accompany stories.
  • Designed inside pages daily and updated Web site daily.
  • Led the paper’s transition from a five-day daily to a weekly as Editor. Supervised staff of three, planned content, edited copy, wrote stories and designed three-section newspaper.


Master of Arts in Interactive Media, Elon University 05/2010

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Central Florida 12/2003

Skills and Activities

Languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP

Specialized: Web Accessibility, Writing, Photography, Video Editing, SEO, Social Media, Certified Scrum Master

Frameworks/Platforms: WordPress, Django (Templates), Blackbaud NetCommunity, Jekyll, Git

Software: Adobe Creative Suite, Voiceover

Open Source Contributions: Make WordPress Accessible Team, Underscores WordPress Theme, Active WordPress DC member