Hi, I’m Nikki. I’m a software engineer and PhD student in Tempe, AZ. If you’re curious about my engineering experience, check out my LinkedIn; the tl;dr is - Drupal 6,7,8, fancy projects, architecture, technical manager.

open source

I’m an active open source volunteer and community organizer. In 2016, I founded the Drupal Diversity Working Group as a response to the abysmal lack of diversity in the Drupal community. In 2017, I started the Open Demographics Initiative, as a response to watching communities struggle with how to manage their participant demographic data. In 2018, I stepped down from the Drupal Diversity Working Group, both because I believe in healthy and transparent leadership transitions, and because I was having concerns about whether D&I is the right approach at all. (I still am, happy to discuss if you’d like.)


I’m a PhD student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. At parties, I tell people that I study “software engineering and data ethics.” This is a 100% true statement, but if you ask for more detail, I’ll tell you that I’m interested in a few overlapping areas:

  • can data be intersectional? if so, what implications does that have for folks who collect, use, generate data?
  • related: what is the nature of data we generate in our normal lives? this is, likely, a career-long data ontology curiosity.
  • what can empower software engineers to act ethically as individuals and community members? (sub question: what would a social justice determined, community oriented, reparations focused, intersectionally-grounded set of ethics for software engineers look like?)
  • what deliberate technological interventions can we make to directly counteract systemic injustices like racism, sexism and ableism?
    • what (if anything!) can make open source communities healthy and safe (especially for people who are part of under-represented groups)?

If you’re also interested in any of the above, I’d love to talk to you.

When I’m not writing code or writing papers, I climb rocks, do improv, and take my bulldog to the park.

recent presentations / talks

I’m available to speak at your event. My recent presentations are below, some of which have audio and/or video.

  • TexasCamp Keynote May 2018
  • Exciting Engineering Ethics Drupalcon Nashville. April 2018.
  • Open Demographics overview. Sackler Student Fellows Symposium. March 2018.
  • TEDxASU. March 2018
  • “The Imposter Monologues.” Drupalcon Baltimore. April 2017.
  • “100 ways to be an ally.” Drupalcon Baltimore. April, 2017
  • “Lessons learned: diversity and inclusion advocacy.” Drupalcon Baltimore. April, 2017
  • “Dogooding 101”, Badcamp 2016. Berkeley, CA. October, 2016.
  • Acquia Dev Video Interview, August 2016
  • Keynote, DrupalCamp Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica. August, 2016
  • “Together We Can Be the Example for Diversity in Tech.” Drupalcon New Orleans. New Orleans, LA. May, 2016
  • “Getting your First Developer Job.” Sandcamp 2016. San Diego, CA. February, 2016
  • “The process of making a website.” Sandcamp 2016. San Diego, CA. February, 2016
  • “Calling all white men.” Sandcamp 2016. San Diego, CA. February, 2016
  • “Empowering Women in Business with 2014 Miss World.” New York, NY. May 27, 2014
  • “Lessons Learned: Overcoming Our Mistakes.” Facebook. New York, NY. May 14, 2013
  • “Women Talk Tech.” Bloomberg Center for Communications. New York, NY. November, 13, 2013
  • “#techinmotion. Struggles of Women in Technology.” New York, NY. March 21, 2013
  • “How to create diverse development teams.” 2 World Trade Center, New York, NY. March 10, 2012