Kelly Gifford

Leesburg, Virginia 20175 USA

I’m a front-end web developer and designer with over 15 years experience building accessible, standards compliant web sites. Between my passion for design and background in engineering, I specialize in bridging the gap between design and engineering.


  1. Freelance, Kelly Gifford

    2007—present, Leesburg, Virginia

    Projects range from designing web pages to print collateral to coding tasks depending on client needs.

  2. Software Engineer, Perfect Sense

    20102016, Reston, Virginia

    Developed and maintained full scale, multisite, SEO compliant, websites for clients ranging from start-ups to multi-million dollar corporations on the Brightspot CMS platform. Worked on teams ranging in size from two to ten developers depending on size and scope of project. Worked with team members to solve technical and performance challenges.

    Main responsibilities included front end development with standards compliant HTML 5, CSS3, LESS, JavaScript, jQuery, grunt, git, and handlebar templates. Employed a combination of responsive and/or mobile first development methodologies.

  3. Software Engineer, MetroStar Systems

    20092010, Reston, Virginia

    My primary responsibilities included front-end development (including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, and integration with Ruby on Rails-based views), UX/IA/wireframing, and some design work.

    I helped build and deploy two Facebook Applications, Iran Voices and PollCast using FBML and FBJS with a Ruby on Rails back-end.

    Additionally, as Lead UI Developer, I worked with a team of developers on a video contest platform for the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs using Ruby on Rails. My responsibilities included the UX/UI/wireframing and front-end coding tasks along with ensuring the site was built using standards-based development practices to ensure accessibility and usability.

  4. Software Engineer, AOL

    20062009, Dulles, Virginia

    1. Community and Social Networking


      Daily tasks included partnering with other development team members, employing agile development methodologies, refining architecture based on changes in user culture, business strategies and technologically advances, interfacing with designers, product and project managers, and providing support to ensure solutions align with project visions.

      I worked on several major social networking projects including AIM Pages, AIM Photos, CircaVie, and AIM Chat. My primary duties included front-end development writing valid, semantic, XHML and CSS, JavaScript development utilizing frameworks such as Dojo and jQuery and interfacing with web applications built with Java, JSP, and Ruby on Rails.

    2. AIM Pages Developer Support


      My primary responsibilities including interfacing with third-party developers, the core AIM Pages development team, and marketing. I was responsible for coordinating deployment for third party components between global QA, marketing, operations, and external development resources. Additionally, I provided consulting services to the marking team to help determine the scope of capabilities in the AIM Pages system and to third-party development groups in support of external development efforts interfacing with AIM Pages.

  5. Web Developer, American WholeHealth Networks

    20052006, Sterling, Virginia

    I was responsible for application development, QA testing, environment setup and configuration, product installation, integration and deployment as well as expert-level production support of mission-critical e-commerce and back office environments at the application layer. I maintained the AWHN internet and intranet websites in addition to the WholeHealthMD website -- including over 50 client versions and creating new sites on demand using a content management system, the Find a Practitioner sites, and WholeHealthPro website.

    I also assisted with new development efforts included a Rapid Response Web System developed in .NET

  6. Software Analyst/Programmer, Kenrob IT Solutions

    20042005, Herndon, Virginia

    I was responsible for maintenance and the conversion of Visual Basic Telephone Applications using Pronexus VBVoice software to VB.Net and developed user forms for intranet and internet web-based applications. Additionally, I played a key role in the design, architecture and development of web applications and the redesign of the website.

  7. Senior Programmer, Airline Pilots Association

    20022004, Herndon, Virginia

    At ALPA, I was responsible for the conversion from ColdFusion to ASP.NET, re-design, and development of internal web applications to support pilot requests. I also designed and developed a web-based replacement for a membership application used by field analysts for the updating of member data using VB.NET, ASP.NET, DHTML, CSS, and JavaScript with an Oracle back-end. Additionally, I provided technical guidance to team members in learning ASP.NET, CSS, JavaScript and debugging their applications.

  8. Senior Computer Systems Analyst, ASM Research

    20022002, Fairfax, Virginia

    Worked to develop a Health Electronic Record System for women’s health which was deployed in various Army women’s health clinics Responsibilities included writing SQL statements for Oracle and SQL Server, and writing client- and server-side code using DHTML and ASP.

  9. Senior Developer, Cizer Software

    20012002, Sterling, Virginia

    I was Team Lead for front-end development for the company's commercial web-based report generating server -- using technologies including DHTML, CSS, JavaScript, VBScript, and ASP and Technical Lead in maintaining and updating of the company website.

    Additional projects included creating an import/export program for a client to be used in conjunction with the main Cizer product using COM, Visual Basic, XML and other web technologies and designing and developing the UI including front-end server-side and client-side script for a joint development project using DHTML, JavaScript, VBScript, Active Server Pages, and XML.


  1. BS in Electrical Engineering, George Mason University

    September 1997August 2001, Fairfax, Virginia