Mark Root-Wiley is a passionate worker with strong communication skills who builds thoughtful websites for nonprofits and mission-driven organizations.
Portfolio & Services
Website Designer & Builder, MRW Web Design
Seattle, WA — 2009 – Present
Worked with dozens of nonprofits and mission-driven organizations doing community & economic development, environmental work, research, education, and strengthening of the nonprofit sector.
Assist clients in numerous roles including project manager, trainer, web designer, WordPress developer, information architect, content strategist, and accessibility consultant.
Created and manages Nonprofit WP with free advice for low- and no-budget nonprofits using WordPress.
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.
Web Designer/Intern, MATRIX, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI—Summers 2003, 2005, 2006
Assisted in design and maintenance of multiple websites support humanities and social sciences faculty and units.
Content Management System Experience
Provide WordPress theme design, theme development, and plugin development with focus on smart planning and accessibility. Also provide occasional subcontracting as designer and frontend developer.
I have prior experience with Drupal and Joomla. I have built front-end systems later implemented in Plone. I greatly appreciate structured data to support site editors and more powerful front ends.
Design & Graphics: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
Development: Sublime Text, Filezilla, SASS, Grunt/Gulp, git/GitHub
Open Source Contributions
Free WordPress Theme: Blogsonry
Organizations & Speaking
- WordPress Community Organizer at NTEN & NTC 2018 WordPress Community Events Organizer, September 2016 – February 2019
- WordCamp Seattle 2017 Speaker Team Co-Lead
- Seattle WordPress Slack Team Founder & Co-Moderator
- WordCamp Seattle 2015: Beginner Edition Speaker Recruitment Lead
- 501 Commons Consultants Directory “Approved Specialist”, 2013 – present
- Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) member and faculty, 2011 – present
- Washington Nonprofits member, 2014 – present
- Seattle WordPress Meetup member, presenter, and organizer, 2010 – present
Presentations & Teaching
- “Anatomy of a Website Redesign” Course for NTEN, June 2017 – Present
- “Website Basics for Small Nonprofits”, webinar presented by Washington Nonprofits, September 2018
- “Web for All: Better Websites with Web Accessibility”, 501 Commons Talks Tech, May 2017
- “DIY A11y”, InfoCamp Seattle, April 2017
- “Anatomy of a Website Redesign” Course for NTEN, February 2017
- “Web for All: Better Websites with Web Accessibility”, 501 Commons Talks Tech, November 2016
- “Becoming a Part of the WordPress Community” Panel Moderator, WordCamp Seattle 2016
- “An Introduction to WordPress”, 501 Commons Talks Tech with Mike Brogan, March 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
- “WordPress + Social Media = Engagement”, 501 Commons Talks Tech with Mike Brogan, September 2015
- “How to Pick a WordPress Plugin”, 501 Commons Talks Tech with Mike Brogan, February 2015
- “So you have a WordPress Website: Now What?”, 501 Commons Talks Tech with Mike Brogan, May 2014
- “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
Leadership & Community Service
Speaker Team Co-Lead, WordCamp Seattle 2017
Half of two-person team to recruit, review, select, and prepare 55 speakers for 500+ person WordPress conference. Achieved 50%+ women speakers for a tech conference.
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
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. Still in use as of 2017 and averaging 60,000 page views per month.
Relevant Course Work
- Managing NGOs and Businesses
- NGOs: Organizing to Do Good
- How to Change the World: Nonprofit Management Shortcourse
- Social Justice & Equity
- Music (Percussion, Singing)
- Pickup Soccer