Mark Root-Wiley is a passionate worker with strong communication skills who builds thoughtful websites for nonprofits and mission-driven organizations.
Portfolio & Services
Freelance Website Designer & Builder
Seattle, WA — 2009 – Present
Worked with over 40 nonprofits, businesses, and individuals to improve their websites.
Supported nonprofits doing community & economic development, environmental work, research, education, and strengthening of the nonprofit sector.
Worked as a project manager, trainer, web designer, web developer, WordPress “themer,” information architect, social media strategist, and accessibility consultant.
Web Assistant, Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa—May 2009 – May 2010
Managed significant portions of the specification writing and conversion of 6000+ pages to Drupal CMS.
Supervised four part-time student workers and trained 120+ Grinnell College employees in new web system.
Website Intern, Centre for Public Participation
Durban, South Africa—Summer 2008
Designed, configured, and converted 100+ page new Joomla-based website.
Special Projects Intern, Kabissa.org
Washington, D.C.—Fall 2007
Redesigned and reorganized Kabissa.org and integrated online member community in Drupal.
Special Projects Intern, Byte Back
Washington, D.C.—Summer 2007
Developed and taught a software curriculum to high school-aged girls.
Created engaging typing tutorial website used by all beginning computer courses at Byte Back since 2007.
Web Designer/Intern, MATRIX
East Lansing, MI—Summers 2003, 2005, 2006
Assisted in design and maintenance of multiple websites for Michigan State University.
Content Management System Experience
I work exclusively with WordPress, doing theme design, theme development, and plugin development.
I have prior experience with Drupal and Joomla. I have built front-end systems later implemented in Plone.
Design & Graphics: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
Development: Sublime Text, Filezilla, SASS, Grunt, git/GitHub, SVN/Tortoise SVN
Open Source Contributions
Free WordPress Theme: Blogsonry
Organizations & Speaking
- WordPress Community Organizer at NTEN, September 2016 – Present
- Seattle WordPress Slack Team Founder & Co-Moderator
- WordCamp Seattle 2017 Speaker Team Co-Lead
- WordCamp Seattle 2015: Beginner Edition Speaker Recruitment Lead
- Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) member, 2011 – present
- Seattle WordPress Meetup Member, 2010 – present
- “Anatomy of a Website Redesign” Course Webinar for NTEN, February 2017
- “Web for All: Better Website with Web Accessibility”, 501 Commons Talks Tech, November 2016
- “Becoming a Part of the WordPress Community” Panel Moderator, WordCamp Seattle 2016
- “Web for All: Better Websites with Web Accessibility” at Accelerate.LGBT, March 2016
- “WordPress for All: Formatting Accessible Content”, WordCamp Seattle 2015: Beginner Edition
- “#NPTECH + Open Source: The Story of Feature a Page Widget”, Percolator Consulting Speed Geek, May 2015
- “Doing Your Part: Coding Accessible Websites”, WordCamp Seattle 2015: Experienced Edition
- “Content Management Systems & How We Can Make Them Better,” InfoCamp Seattle 2013
- WordPress, Front-end Editing, & Inline Access,” October 2013. WordPress Seattle Meetup
- “WYSI-WHA!? Taming the WordPress Editor” Seattle WordCamp 2012, with Christine Winckler
- “Child Themes or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Future Theme Updates,” June 2011 Seattle WordPress Meetup
501 Commons Talks Tech Presentations with Mike Brogan
- “An Introduction to WordPress,”March 2016
- “WordPress + Social Media = Engagement”, September 2015
- “How to Pick a WordPress Plugin”, February 2015
- “So you have a WordPress Website: Now What?”, May 2014
Leadership & Community Service
Founding Member & Leader, Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell
Grinnell, Iowa—2007 – 2010
Raised funds for 100+ developing-world entrepreneurs and played a large role in SEG’s successful application for 501(C)(3) non-profit status.
Grinnell College, Sociology, B.A. with Honors
Relevant Course Work
- Managing NGOs and Businesses
- NGOs: Organizing to Do Good
- How to Change the World: Nonprofit Management Shortcourse
- Social Justice
- Music (Percussion, Singing)
- Pickup Soccer