Matt Mullenweg

Founder and CEO at Automattic

Matt is the founding developer of WordPress and founder/CEO at Automattic, the company best known for powering WordPress.


Syed Balkhi

Founder and CEO of WPBeginner

Syed is the founder of several 7-figure businesses, including WPBeginner, List25 and OptinMonster. He was named as a Top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by the United Nations.


Andrew Nacin

Lead Developer of WordPress

Andrew is a Lead Developer of WordPress and currently works at the U.S. Digital Service at the White House. He was the lead for WordPress 3.9.


Brian Gardner

Founder of StudioPress, Developer of Genesis Framework

Brian is the founder of StudioPress and developed the Genesis Framework. He is also the creator at No Sidebar, an online publication dedicated to minimalistic and clean living.


Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Chief Operating Officer of WebDevStudios

Lisa is the Chief Operating Officer of WebDevStudios. She is the founder of eWebscapes and author of "BuddyPress For Dummies," "WordPress All In One For Dummies" and "WordPress Web Design For Dummies."


Mark Jaquith

Lead Developer of WordPress

Mark is a Lead Developer of WordPress. He makes his living as a web publishing consultant to everyone from individuals to startups to established media companies. His personal goal is to bring intuitive, low-cost web publishing to everyone who has anything to say.


Lorelle VanFossen

Educator, Blogger, Author

Lorelle is an avid blogger and educator with a passion for UX, social media and online business. She created and edited more than 600 articles on WordPress Codex, produced hundreds of websites for her clients and wrote 4 books. She is currently a professor at Clark College and Portland Community College where she teaches students WordPress.


Chris Lema

CTO and Chief Strategist of Crowd Favorite

Chris is a daily blogger, public speaker, product strategist and CTO and chief strategist at Crowd Favorite, a professional services firm. Beyond that, he speaks at conferences and helps companies with product strategy.


Jason Cohen

Founder of WPEngine

Jason is the founder at WP Engine and Smart Bear and a co-founder and CTO at Sheer Genius Software. He is a partner at Capital Thought and a mentor at Capital Factory. He is the author of "Best Kept Secrets of Peer Code Review."


Vladimir Prelovac

Creator of ManageWP

Vladimir is the creator of ManageWP, a business that assists people in automating and managing their multiple websites. He is also the president at Devana Technologies.


Pippin Williamson

Developer of Restrict Content Pro and Easy Digital Downloads

Pippin is a WordPress plugin developer and founder of numerous plugins, including Restrict Content Pro and Easy Digital Downloads.


Morten Rand-Hendriksen

WordPress Staff Author at Lynda

Morten is a staff author at and the Director of Pink & Yellow Media Inc., a digital media company based in Burnaby, British Columbia.


Chris Pearson

Founder of DIYThemes

Chris built the Thesis Theme Framework for WordPress and founded a company called DIYThemes to sell the framework.


Brad Williams

Co-Host of The Dradcast

Brad is a co-founder at WebDevStudios, co-host on The DradCast, and co-author of "Professional WordPress" and "Professional WordPress Plugin Development."


Cory Miller

Founder of iThemes

Cory is the founder of iThemes. He co-founded The Div, Inc, a nonprofit tech foundation aimed at inspiring and training the next generation of web developers. He is also the co-author of "WordPress All-in-One for Dummies."


Jennifer Bourn

Founder of Bourn Creative

Jennifer is the founder of Bourn Creative, a company she manages with her husband, Brian. Jennifer largely works with design, web and digital strategy and Brian leads UX design and development.


Brian Krogsgard

Editor at Post Status

Brian is a web developer, writer and consultant based in Birmingham, Alabama. He is the editor at Post Status, a website for WordPress professionals. He is also the owner at Under Vulcan, LLC, a digital products and services group.


Helen Hou-Sandi

Director of Platform Experience at 10up

Helen is 10up’s first full-time employee and Director of Platform Experience. She is a WordPress core committer and the release lead for WordPress 4.0. 10up enables Helen to contribute to the WordPress open source software project full-time.


David Bisset

Developer at WordPress and BuddyPress

David is a developer at WordPress and BuddyPress. He is an organizer at WordCamp Miami, conferences and meetups.


John James Jacoby

Project Lead of BuddyPress and bbPress

John is a web developer and owner of Flox. He's also a project lead for BuddyPress and bbPress. He is a WordPress contributor, BackPress supporter, public speaker, educator and open source advocate.


Justin Tadlock

Web Developer at Theme Hybrid

Justin is a web developer at Theme Hybrid. He's written more than 200 posts about WordPress and co-written a book called "Professional WordPress Plugin Development" with two co-authors, Brad Williams and Ozh Richard.


Michael Torbert

Creator of All in One SEO Pack

Michael is a WordPress developer, founder of Semper Fi Web Design, co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies and creator of All in One SEO Pack.


Tom McFarlin

WordPress Developer, Writer and Speaker

Tom is a self-employed developer who primarily works with WordPress and JavaScript to build software for others.


Joost de Valk

CEO of Yoast

Joost is the CEO of Yoast, a website optimization site. He is a WordPress/web developer, SEO and open source fanatic.


Sarah Gooding

WordPress Journalist at Audrey Capital

Sarah is a WordPress journalist at Audrey Capital and contributing writer at


Nathan Rice

Lead Developer of Copyblogger Media

Nathan is a Lead Developer at Copyblogger Media, a group committed to producing marketable online content.


Carl Hancock

Partner at rocketgenius, Creator of Gravity Forms

Carl is a partner at Rocketgenius, the group known for creating Gravity Forms. He got started with WordPress in 2008, and primarily used it to build client web sites while he was doing custom web design and development for clients.


Paul Underwood

Creator of Paulund

Paul is a blogger, web developer and creator of Paulund, a blog filled with how-to guides on CSS, HTML and WordPress.


Jen Mylo

Master of Suggestion at Automattic

Jen is the Master of Suggestion at Automattic. She was the design/user experience lead for the WordPress open source project for 4.5 years and project managed the development team for most of that time as well.


Dre Armeda

Co-Host of The Dradcast

Dre is Vice President of Operations at WebDevStudios. Next to his role at WebDev, Armeda is the co-founder at Sucuri. He is known for his role as a host of The Dradcast, a weekly WordPress podcast.


Peter Westwood

Happiness Gardener at Automattic

Peter is a core contributor to WordPress and Happiness Gardener at Automattic.


Samuel Wood

Web Developer at Audrey Capital

Samuel is a web developer at Audrey Capital, an investment and research company created by Automattic's Matt Mullenweg to help innovative ideas grow.


Konstantin Kovshenin

WordPress Developer at Automattic

Konstantin is a WordPress developer at Automattic. When he's not writing themes or plugins, he's contributing to the WordPress Core. His past experience involved software development mainly with C and C#.


Jeff Chandler

Founder of WPTavern

Jeff is the founder and a contributing writer of WPTavern. He has been writing about WordPress since 2007. He is the host of the WordPress Weekly Podcast.


Alex Mills

Developer at Automattic, Contributor to JetPack

Alex, commonly known as Viper007Bond (or just Viper) is a Portland-based developer who works for Automattic. He has contributed to several popular WordPress plugins such as Regenerate Thumbnails and JetPack.


Dan Norris

Co-Founder of WPCurve

Dan is the co-founder of WPCurve, a business dedicated to helping business owners maintain their WordPress-powered operations with support, maintenance and request for small jobs. Dan also co-founded Helloify, a messaging function, and wrote a book, "Content Machine."


Oliver Dale

Founder of WPLift

Oliver is the founder of and, and Kooc Media, a web company which specializes in building online communities, web applications and WordPress themes/plugins.


Mark Forrester

Co-Founder of WooThemes

Mark is a the co-founder of WooThemes (acquired by Automattic). Over the last 6 years, WooThemes grew from a team of three passionate theme designers to a distributed team of 40+ staff developing WordPress’s most popular eCommerce plugin.


Elliot Condon

Creator of Advanced Custom Fields WordPress Plugin

Elliot Condon is a Melbourne-based web developer. He is the creator of the popular Advanced Custom Fields WordPress plugin and many other websites and web apps.


Donncha Ó Caoimh

Software Developer at Automattic

Donncha is a software developer at Automattic. He is also a WordPress plugin developer who has contributed to and WP Super Cache. He also works on


Tony Perez

Co-Founder and CEO at Sucuri Inc.

Tony is the co-founder and CEO at Sucuri Inc., a company that builds cloud-based security technologies and service that every website can utilize. He is a former Marine Corps veteran, having done two tours in Iraq between 2002-2005 with a total in-country time of about 2 years.


Adam Warner

Co-Founder of FooPlugins

Adam is the co-founder of FooPlugins. He is also a web business consultant and Internet marketing coach who specializes in WordPress and WordPress Multisite. In the past, he's worked with The Ritz-Carlton, Busch Entertainment Corp., and


Jake Goldman

Founder of 10up

Jake founded 10up with a vision of a distributed, elite team that could build beautiful, easy to manage websites on the web’s best platform, WordPress. Jake wrote for Smashing Magazine and taught WordPress development at Boston University.


John Hawkins

Co-Founder of 9Seeds

John co-founded 9Seeds, a WordPress development shop based in Las Vegas. He runs the Las Vegas WordPress meetup group and is the lead organizer for WordCamp Las Vegas.


Charlie Patel

Founder and CEO at 99 Robots

Charlie first entered the WordPress scene as the founder of Gabfire Themes. His current venture, 99 Robots is a startup focused on developing WordPress plugins for marketers and bloggers.


Troy Dean

WordPress Consultant and Podcaster

Troy is an online marketing speaker, coach, consultant and podcaster. He is also a professional voiceover artist and voiced campaigns for hundreds of brands including Ford, Telstra, ANZ, Hungry Jacks, Mitsubishi, AFL, Cricket Australia and Cadbury.


Matt Medeiros

Host of the Matt Report

Matt is the host of the Matt Report, a WordPress podcast for digital businesses. He started the Matt Report podcast in October of 2012 and it quickly grew to one of the most popular WordPress podcasts available.


Siobhan McKeown

WordPress Core Contributor and WordCamp Organizer

Siobhan is a writer, editor, event organizer, WordPress contributor, public speaker and free software advocate. Her current project is a book about the history of the WordPress project. She contributes to the WordPress core software and organizes WordCamps. She writes for Smashing Magazine and appears on


Mike Little

Co-Founding Developer of WordPress

Mike is the co-founding developer of WordPress, which he started in 2003 with Automattic's Matt Mullenweg. Currently, he offers a variety of services ranging from consultancy to training to web developing. He is the co-author of "Building Online Communities With Drupal, PhpBB, and WordPress" and runs his own business,


Joe Casabona

Front-End Developer at Crowd Favorite

Joe is a Front-End Developer at Crowd Favorite and author of the book, "Responsive Design With WordPress."


Mika Epstein

Developer at DreamHost

Mika Ariela Epstein is better known as Ipstenu, the Half-Elf Support Rogue. She works for DreamHost and specializes in WordPress hosting. She tends to hang out on forum threads by night and wrangle plugins by day.


Ryan Sullivan

Founder of WP Site Care

Ryan is the founder of WP Site Care. He is also a WordPress freelancer and theme builder. He started working with WordPress as a freelancer in 2009, and now has a small team of six where his team provides WordPress support and build WordPress themes.


Jason Tucker

Host of WPWatercooler

Jason is an IT manager, web developer and host of WPWatercooler, a weekly webshow on YouTube and podcast on iTunes.


Daniel Cid

Founder and CTO of Sucuri

Daniel is a co-founder and CTO of Sucuri.


Nikolay Bachiyski

Founder of Semper Fi Web Design

Nikolay is a Meta Engineer at Automattic. He was formerly the first Security Czar for, where he coordinated security efforts, responded to incidents and produced solid fixes to the incidents.


Jean Galea

Founder of WPMayor

Jean is the founder of WPMayor, a blog focused on helping people learn more about WordPress, and WP RSS Aggregator, a WordPress plugin for importing RSS content.


Konstantin Obenland

Code Wrangler at Automattic

Konstantin is a Code Wrangler at Automattic. He is also a WordPress Contributor and 4.3 Lead.


Lester Chan

Creator of WP-Polls, WP-PostRatings and WP-DBManager

Lester currently works for Tech in Asia as The Tech Guy in-charge of the development and scaling of Tech in Asia and its subsidiary sites. He is the creator of WP-Polls, WP-PostRatings and WP-DBManagera WordPress. He is also a plugin developer who contributed 23 WordPress plugins with more than 14 million total downloads.


Mike Jolley

Lead Developer at WooThemes

Mike is a developer at WooThemes/Automattic working primarily as the lead developer of WooCommerce. His biggest achievements include building WooCommerce and WP Job Manager, which are now Automattic projects.


Rhys Wynne

Lead Developer of FireCask

Rhys is a Lead Developer at FireCask, an award-winning digital marketing and WordPress development agency. He is also the director at Winwar Media and the developer of WP Email Capture.


Pete Mall

Co-Founder of Range

Pete is the Co-Founder at Range, a design and development agency specializing in high quality design and WordPress development. He is also a contributor at WordPress.


Devin Price

Creator of Options Framework

Devin is a WordPress developer at WP Theming LLC, creator of Options Framework and runs a theme shop called DevPress. He makes themes, plugins and writes about WordPress at


Steph Wells

Lead Developer of Strategy11

Steph is the lead developer of Strategy11, a company specializing in WordPress plugins. Formidable Forms and Display Widgets are a few of Strategy11's most popular projects.


Boone Gorges

Lead Developer of BuddyPress

Boone is a core committer to WordPress and a lead developer of BuddyPress. He is a consultant specializing in custom plugin development, code review and WordPress/BuddyPress architecture.


Devin Walker

Founder of WordImpress

Devin is the founder of Thought House and WordImpress, a group that produces themes and plugins.


Becs Rivett Kemm

Email Marketing Consultant at Rivett-Kem Consulting

Becs is an email marketing consultant at Rivett-Kemm Consulting Ltd. She's worked for several large eCommerce retailers and has freelanced for a number of agencies. She eats, sleeps, and dreams about every aspect of email marketing.


John Blackbourn

Senior WordPress Engineer at Human Made

John is the Senior WordPress Engineer at Human Made. He previously worked at Code for the People (now acquired by Automattic) and WordPress VIP. He is a WordPress core committer and was the release lead for WordPress 4.1.


Brian Messenlehner

Co-Founder of WebDevStudios

Brian, a former Marine Corps software developer, is the Co-Founder of and He is the co-author of "Building Web Apps with WordPress" and organizer of the New Jersey WordPress meetup group.


Shawn Hesketh

Creator of WordPress 101

Shawn is the creator of WordPress 101, where he answers questions about WordPress and develops new resources to help users accomplish their goals. Over the last 25 years, he worked as a freelance designer.


George Stephanis

Team Lead for Jetpack

George is a Code Monkey and team lead for Jetpack at Automattic.


Scott Taylor

Senior Software Engineer at The New York Times

Scott is a Senior Software Engineer at The New York Times on the Interactive News Team. He is a core developer of WordPress and will be the release lead for WordPress 4.4.


Pavel Ciorici

Founder of WPZoom

Pavel is the founder of theme platform WPZoom. He mostly covers administrative tasks at WPZoom, but he also designs and codes themes.


Remi Corson

WooThemes Support Technician at WooThemes/Automattic

Remi is a WooThemes support technician at WooThemes/Automattic. He develops plugins and themes for WordPress that he sells on CodeCanyon. He also created add-ons for Easy Digital Downloads, WP Job Manager and WooCommerce.

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Tom Willmot

Co-Founder and CEO of Human Made

Tom co-founded Human Made with Human Made's CTO, Joe Hoyle. At the company, Tom manages overall company direction, project management and client relationships. When he's not coding for clients he likes to contribute back to the Open Source community.


Joey Kudish

Code Wrangler at Automattic

Joey is a Code Wrangler at Automattic who works on partnerships, third party integrations, APIs and other projects for WordPress.

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Tom Nowell

VIP Wrangler at Automattic

Tom is a VIP Wrangler at Automattic and a community moderator on WordPress Stack Exchange.He also speaks at events, writes blog posts and pushes code to GitHub.


C. Bavota

Theme Developer for WooCommerce

C. Bavota (whose real name is not just "C") is a premium WordPress theme developer who built a WordPress theme for WooCommerce. He started freelancing full time as a programmer back in 2007. He wanted to share everything he learned, all in hopes that others might benefit from all of his trial and error, and started


Dustin Hartzler

Founder of

Dustin is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and the founder of, a site dedicated to WordPress education.


Devesh Sharma

Founder of WordPress Kube

Devesh is a WordPress developer and part-time blogger. He's the founder of WordPress Kube, a WordPress Resource blog which focuses on daily news, themes, tutorials, plugins, tips and modifications. He is a former software development engineer II at Amazon.


Ben Lobaugh

Lead Developer at WebDevStudios

Ben is the lead developer at WebDevStudios and an organizer at Seattle WordCamp. With more than 15 years of experience working with open source communities, Lobaugh is an active contributor to the WordPress Community.


Takayuki Miyoshi

Creator of Contact Form 7

Takyushi is the creator of WordPress plugin Contact Form 7 and the founder of WordPress agency Rock Lobster.


Kiko Doran

Co-Founder of Prestige Conference

Kiko is the co-founder of Prestige Conference and the owner of InGroup Consulting. He is well-known in the WordPress community as a core contributor, frequent speaker and WordCamp organizer.


Shayda Torabi

Product Marketer at WPEngine

Shayda is a Product Marketer at WP Engine and has been to more than 30 WordCamps. She loves the WordPress community for its generosity and helpfulness. She is an avid traveler and food blogger at her website, Dine With Shayda.


Leland Fiegel

Community Ambassador at WPChat

Leland is a domainer, web developer, WordPress coder, writer, and speaker. He runs the online community WP Chat, sells WordPress plugins at Pluginferno, makes WordPress themes at Metrocraft and co-organizes the WordPress DC meetup.


Travis Totz

Partner at Westwerk

Travis is a partner at digital design agency Westwerk. He refocused his skills to lead WerkPress, the agency’s WordPress division.


Austin Smith

CEO of Alley Interactive

Austin is the CEO of Alley Interactive, a group that provides consulting and web development expertise to the media, education and entertainment industries. Prior to working at Alley, he worked at and was the lead developer for The Economist's website.


Frederick Townes

Co-Founder and CTO of Placester

Frederick is the co-founder and CTO of real estate website platform Placester and the former advisor and founding CTO at digital news site Mashable. He created W3 Total Cache for WordPress.


AJ Zane

Founder and Lead Developer of Zan Atlantean

AJ is the founder and lead developer of website marketing group Zan Atlantean, admin of the Advanced WordPress group on Facebook and WordCamp presenter.


Marie Dodson

Editor at Torque Magazine

Marie is an editor and writer at Torque Magazine, a WordPress-centric publication.


Stephen Carnam

Founder of ServerPress

Stephen is a programmer, graphic designer and founder at ServerPress. He has a background in front end graphics, 3D, and traditional back-end software engineering.


Bob Dunn

Owner of BobWP

Bob is a WordPress instructor, co-organizer at Seattle WooCommerce Meetup and owner of BobWP WordPress Workshop meetup. He is a previous organizer at Seattle WordPress meetup and Seattle WordCamp 2012.


James Farmer

Founder of WPMU DEV

James is the founder of IncSub, Edublogs and WPMU DEV, a group that provides WordPress themes, plugins and support.


Yaron Guez

Co-Founder and Chief Software Architect at Crypteron

‎Yaron is the co-founder and Chief Software Architect at Crypteron, a cloud security company, and the director of technology at Trestian, a web development, digital design and marketing group. He is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in computer science.


Konstantin Yelin

Founder of WP Clipboard

Konstantin is the founder of the largest WordPress aggregation website, WP Clipboard. Yelin's latest project is "They Made a Promise," a website that monitors politicians in the UK to keep them accountable.


Tom Ewer

Founder of LeaveWorkBehind, WordCandy and BeginnerBlogging

Tom is the founder at, and The three blogs respectively address making money online, blogging solutions for WordPress businesses and learning to blog without coding.

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Thomas Scholz

Moderator of WordPress Stack Exchange

Thomas is the moderator of WordPress Stack Exchange and manager of the largest WordPress group on Google+. He also develops plugins for Market Press.


Ben Fox

Co-Founder of

Ben is the co-founder of, FlowPress, and


Daniel Bachhuber

Director of Engineer at Fusion

Daniel is the Director of Engineering at Fusion and a former Code Wrangler at Automattic. He maintains WP-CLI, a set of command-line tools for managing WordPress installations.


Dave Bergschneider

CEO and Founder of CMS Code

Dave is the CEO and founder at CMS Code, a group that specializes in building fundraising websites and content management solutions for non-profit organizations.

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