Senior Engineer @ The New York Times
An achiever, Courtney graduated high school with Honors as Salutatorian, and was accepted under Early Admittance into the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, from which she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors in Economics, minoring in International Urban Development. She then went on to earn a Masters in Public Administration at Cal State University, Northridge within 1 year. But the thought of utilizing her degrees was always a backup plan to her dream of building awesome large-scale web projects.
Courtney’s love for web engineering started in the late 90s, when she began developing web pages with AOL Homepages and Yahoo Geocities for classmates in high school. While in college, her passion for web development grew as she built a web design client-base of producers, urban bloggers, and musicians. As the co-founder of her own web development agency in 2001, she had the opportunity to lead development and maintenance for websites such as Bad Boy Productions, Sandra Rose and Crunktastical.
One of WordPress’s early b2 adopters, she began using WordPress in 2003 as a means of providing clients the ability to update their own websites without the learning curve presented by Joomla and Drupal. Specializing in the development of responsive WordPress themes and creating large-scale WordPress websites, she has worked with clients all over the world – including Participant Media, TakePart, HBO, MTV Australia, Rovio, Nike, and Razor. Thankful for what WordPress has afforded her for the past decade, Courtney gives back by working with the WordPress Meta and Theme Review teams, and lending a hand answering questions over at WPSE.
When she’s not lost in the code, Courtney spends her free time as a Nike+ Running Ambassador, taking on Warrior Dashes and Hash Runs with her husband, enjoying mommy time with her daughter and son, and overseeing (and over-dreaming) the complete remodel of their 1960’s home in Torrance, CA.