I am a highly-experienced web designer based in San Francisco, CA, specializing in user-friendly, responsive WordPress-powered websites that load quickly and render well on all devices. I’m capable of advising on every aspect of the web process, from concept to site launch and beyond, to search engine optimization and website promotion. 


Client List

  • Alameda County Transportation Commission
  • Bay Area Rapid Transit
  • Caltrain / Caltrain Modernization Program
  • Caltrans
  • Citrus Heights Water District
  • City of East Palo Alto, CA
  • City of Oakland, CA / California Waster Solutions / Waste Management of
  • Alameda County
  • City of Sacramento, CA
  • City of Sunnyvale, CA
  • Contra Costa Transportation Authority
  • Mount View Sanitary District
  • Napa County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office / Napa Local Food Council
  • Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency
  • Oakland Uptown Downtown Association
  • Object Enterprises
  • Orange County Transportation Authority
  • San Mateo County Office of Sustainability
  • San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority / Transit Effectiveness Program
  • Shennum, Inc. / Transamerica Corporation
  • Stanford University / Land Buildings and Real Estate
  • Threadbare Games
  • Town of Paradise, CA
  • University of California, Davis
  • United States Department of Agriculture / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
  • United States Bureau of Reclamation / San Joaquin River Restoration Program
  • Windrose Research



High level of proficiency in User Experience Design, site mapping, wireframing, front end development utilizing HTML5, XHTML, CSS3 and jQuery. Extensive experience with responsive design, including the Bootstrap framework and PHP/MySQL Content Management Systems such as WordPress and Drupal. Strong Knowledge of web standards and best practices. Ability to rapidly develop and deploy client websites from visual mockups, including staging and production instances.


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, HTML/XHTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, jQuery, WordPress


Senior Web Designer
Circlepoint Inc – Oakland, CA : February 2012 to the November 2017
Developed and maintained responsive websites, HTML eBlasts and Public feedback surveys from wireframe to deployment, using intelligent user interface design in standards compliant HTML5, XHTML and CSS, utilizing jQuery libraries, Content Management Systems and SASS solutions. Developed documentation and training materials for colleagues and clients. Monitored analytics data to make recommendations for enhancing SEO, content updates and advertising. Implemented 508 compliance for documents and web content. Coordinated with Project Managers and Clients for content development and training. Job required adaptability, thoroughness, and long-term thinking.

Freelance Web Designer / Developer
2000 to the present
Required knowledge of best practices, clear communication skills, resourcefulness, efficiency and creativity. Evaluating client needs and developing sitemaps, wireframes and visual mockups.
Implementing design in HTML, CSS, jQuery and Content Management Systems.

Website Quality Assurance
Euro RSCG – San Francisco, CA : November 2010 – August 2011
Wrote and implemented test plans and directed development to ensure predictable user experience and browser/ platform compatibility. Required Attention to detail, responsiveness and clear communication with developers and project managers.

iTunes Video Quality Assurance
Apple Computer – Cupertino, CA : March 2008 – February 2009
Enforced quality control standards on iTunes video Content and reported problems to media content providers under strict deadline conditions.

Art Director
WolfNet Technologies – Minneapolis, MN : March 1998 – December 2000
Designed web sites, from concept to code, for consistent layout across browsers and platforms. Designed Interactivity, graphics and multimedia (Flash, RealPlayer) assets, including JavaScript, HTML, and Cold Fusion. Tested for system and browser compatibility while reporting to client

Web Designer
The Quikpages, Minneapolis, MN : July 1998 – August 1998
Rapidly built and deployed web sites from direct client consultation in hand-coded HTML.


Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Minneapolis, MN: 1996 and 1997
Computer Design and Animation: Digital model building and 3D animation.

Film in the Cities
Minneapolis, MN: 1991and 1993
Film Production, Sound Recording and Production: 16mm Film production and editing, sound design and audio recording.

University of Wisconsin/Stout
Menomonie, WI: 1986 to 1988
Studied Design/ Clothing Design

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