Resume: Mark Root-Wiley

Seattle, WA • • • 206-745-2581

Mark Root-Wiley is a passionate worker with strong communication skills who builds thoughtful websites for nonprofits and mission-driven organizations.

Portfolio & Services

Please view my portfolio of work and list of services on


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,
Washington, D.C.—Fall 2007

Redesigned and reorganized 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. Still in use as of 2017 averaging 60,000 page views per month.

Web Designer/Intern, MATRIX
East Lansing, MI—Summers 2003, 2005, 2006

Assisted in design and maintenance of multiple websites for Michigan State University.

Technical Skills


Semantic HTML5, CSS, PHP in WordPress, DOM manipulation with jQuery and light Javascript

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 Plugins: Feature a Page Widget, Post Status Menu ItemsSimple TinyMCE, Post Type Archive Descriptions, Hawaiian Characters

Free WordPress Theme: Blogsonry

Other: GitHub account, support on WordPress StackExchange site, Profile

Organizations & Speaking




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
Grinnell, Iowa—2009

Relevant Course Work

  • Managing NGOs and Businesses
  • NGOs: Organizing to Do Good
  • How to Change the World: Nonprofit Management Shortcourse

Personal Interests

  • Social Justice
  • Music (Percussion, Singing)
  • Pickup Soccer