Morgan Kay

Morgan Kay
WordPress Developer

I have over 10 years of WordPress experience, including developing themes and complex plugins.  I am a WordPress community organizer and WordCamp speaker.  I am looking for a full-time, remote, back end and front end WordPress developer position.

Work Experience
Software Engineer
Wide Eye CreativeMarch 2019 – Present

Wide Eye is a design and digital strategy agency that specializes in building WordPress sites for progressive causes and campaigns.  In addition to building several sites and providing support for our clients, I have made major security and accessibility improvements to the theme we use as the basis for all of our projects.

Concierge Engineer
PressableMay 2018 – February 2019

Pressable, a managed WordPress host, has a Concierge team that works closely with Automattic’s Special Projects team to build custom WordPress sites for high-profile organizations and individuals as a way of boosting WordPress.  Most of our clients migrated to WordPress from another platform, so dealing with weird migrations was part of the daily routine. I wrote custom themes, customized existing themes, troubleshooted migrations, and maintained sites.

Code Ranger
RangeApril 2016 – February 2018

Range is a WordPress design and development agency.  As a member of Range’s development team, I worked closely with clients to identify their needs and the best solutions, developed themes and plugins, marketed plugin products, and provided technical support for plugins.

Volunteer Web Developer
Tech for Campaigns2017 – Present

Tech for Campaigns is an organization that matches tech-savvy volunteers with Democratic candidates for various offices throughout the US.  Last year, I helped build a website for Hala Ayala, who ran for the House of Delegates in Virginia and unseated a Republican incumbent who ran a blatantly racist campaign.  I am currently working on building a WordPress theme with accompanying Gutenberg blocks that will be the basis for all of the WordPress sites that TFC builds over the next few years.

Co-Founder, Project Manager
WP StagecoachAugust 2013 – Present

WP Stagecoach lets you create a staging copy of your WordPress site with one click, and import changes back to your live site.  In its early stages, I did the front-end development, marketing, and support.  Now I have a project management role.

Volunteer Community Organizer
WordPress Community Team2014 – Present

I started out by helping organize WordCamp Seattle 2014.  I was the lead organizer for WordCamp Seattle 2015, and that year I also took over as the lead organizer for the Seattle WordPress Meetup group.  In 2017, I moved to Bellingham, WA, and have been the lead organizer for the Bellingham WordPress Meetup group ever since.  As an introvert, I find community organizing exhausting, but it is really rewarding to see people come together and learn.  The friendly community is one of WordPress’s major strengths.

Founder, WordPress Developer
WP AlchemistsJanuary 2009 – April 2015

WP Alchemists is a WordPress development agency and managed WordPress hosting provider.  I am the founder and lead developer, and I have hired and managed other developers to help with large projects.  Under WP Alchemists, I have developed well over 100 WordPress themes and over a dozen plugins.

Lead Developer
Chamber DashboardAugust 2014 – April 2015

Chamber Dashboard is a series of plugins designed to meet the needs of chambers of commerce. These plugins allow chambers to display a business directory on their website, display an event calendar and sell event tickets, collect membership payments, and track members’ activities. I worked closely with chambers of commerce to develop these plugins to suit their needs.

Assistant Editor
Online Medieval Sources Bibliography, Fordham University

OMSB is a searchable database of modern editions of medieval primary sources, built in PHP and MySQL.  I am the main developer.  I also help edit the content and make policy decisions, as well as advise the Medieval Studies Department at Fordham on matters relating to WordPress and their internet presence.

PhD Candidate, Medieval History
Fordham University

Dissertation topic: “The Manuscript Context of Medieval Welsh Prophecies”

MA, Medieval Studies
Fordham University

Thesis topic: “The Word Incarnate and the Textual Authority of Women”

BA, History, Musicology, and English
Oberlin College