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From Meetup to WordCamp Santa Clarita

Joe A. Simpson, Jr. is a Front-end Web Developer/Designer, Community Organizer, Instructor & Speaker specializing in WordPress solutions. A hybrid creative front-end designer, developer with user experience and motion design, branding and project management in providing an accessible, interactive and innovative customer user experience. The following information spotlights Wordcamps and other speaking engagements.

Sixteen Months from Meetup to WordCamp

Founder and lead organizer of the WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup, an official WordPress Meetup, responsible for scheduling twice-monthly events and discussion to grow the WordPress open-source project community in northern Los Angeles County culmintating on April 5-6 by hosting the first annual WordCamp Santa Clarita in 2019. The first WordCamp north of Los Angeles and south of San Francisco in over five year, the event was an incredible success, celebrating southern California’s newest WordPress Community.

During endlessly sunny southern California days he works at a top-five transit agency, fighting the good fight to ease the commute around Los Angeles County. When their lead developer and CSS goddess both left to pursue other opportunities, Joe inherited a Headway-themed design (sans child theme) and the rest is history ten years later with a blog network consisting of dozen project-specific or transit news sites.

Speaking Engagements

Spotlight: WordCamp Los Angeles

WordCamp Los Angeles 2018

California State University, Los Angeles
Golden Eagle Ballrooms
Los Angeles, CA
September 21-23, 2018

Spotlight: WordCamp Orange County

WordCamp Orange County 2018

The Cove at University of California, Applied Innovation
Irvine, CA
June 9-10, 2018

Spotlight: WordCamp Chicago

WordCamp Chicago 2018

Chicago-Kent College of Law
Chicago, IL
April 28-29, 2018

Spotlight: Toastmasters Int'l

Toastmasters International

Advanced Toastmaster Silver Level; Delivered over 40 speeches completing three programs covering vocal variety, body gestures, emotion, audio/video presentations, special occasions and more.
Offices Held – President (two terms), Vice President of Public Relations (two terms).

Spotlight: Tech Talk SCV

Tech Talk Santa Clarita Valley

Newhall and Castaic, CA
Monthly presentations for the Santa Clarita Valley Community to teach the basics of web technologies, helping area residents with their new gadgets, blogging, social media or that new photo software Saturdays at Old Town Newhall Branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library.

Training, WordPress Community

Spotlight: WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup

WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup

Old Town Newhall Libary
Newhall, CA
The WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup was established to build community locally as opposed to having to stay or drive to downtown Los Angeles or other surrounding areas to give back.

Spotlight: Metro Los Angeles

Metro Los Angeles

Metro Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Responsible for training new Communications staff including Web, Marketing and department clients on team tools and impacting technologies such as GDPR, Google Analytics, Wufoo, and Email Marketing.

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