photo of Alison McKay by Cassandra Croft

Alison McKay

A professional front end developer for seven years, I have experience freelancing, contracting, and working full-time as part of an agency team. I'm currently based in the Pacific Northwest and looking for full-time or part-time work.

I'm detail-oriented, love writing clean code, and am particularly passionate about web accessibility and inclusivity. The possibilities of the internet are beautiful and endless—but only if everyone can access the content.



  • Semantic HTML + HTML5
  • CSS + SCSS
  • Javascript + jQuery
  • PHP


  • Wordpress
  • Git
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Gulp/Grunt/Codekit


  • Web accessibility compliance
  • Cross-browser + cross-device testing
  • Responsive design and development
  • API integration



An interactive guide to Seattle-area businesses owned by womxn; a special project/not for profit.

  • Google Maps integration
  • a custom Wordpress build

Alison's Last Donut

A statement of my devotion to circular frosted treats.

  • integrated with the Twitter API
  • CSS3 animations

Non-Breaking Space

An art gallery curated by Civilization.

  • a custom Wordpress build
  • responsive design and development
  • web accessibility compliance


A cause-based organization focused on reducing incarceration in the United States.

  • a custom Wordpress build
  • responsive design and development



Front End Developer

December 2012 — Ongoing

Wordpress. Side projects. All-around fun. Projects include WMN OWN, Alison's Last Donut, and assorted creative portfolio and small business websites.


Front End Developer

January 2017 — September 2019

Civilization is a socially, ethically, and environmentally-minded design studio where I built custom, from-scratch Wordpress websites. I brought web accessibility and user experience inclusivity skills to the team, and I was responsible for deliverables like meeting project deadlines and training clients to use their new CMS & websites.

Skills and frameworks: Wordpress and PHP. CSS + SCSS. Javascript and jQuery. Git. Adobe Illustrator. Web accessibility compliance. Responsive design and development.

Efelle Creative

Front End Developer, Project Lead

July 2013 — November 2016

We built custom responsive Bootstrap-Sass sites on a proprietary, PHP-based CMS. As a project lead, I was responsible for managing the complete build cycle, assigning tasks to junior developers, code review and mentoring junior dev work, and ensuring deadlines and project estimates were met.

Skills and frameworks: Bootstrap + Sass. PHP-based system and CMS. Database management. Git. Photoshop.


Project Manager, Copywriter, Front End Developer

December 2012 — June 2013

Started as a front end development intern and became a go-to for project management, copywriting, and basic front end dev tasks.

Skills and frameworks: Wordpress. Photoshop. Git and Subversion. Bootstrap and Foundation.

final scene from the movie Dirty Dancing
a kitten falling asleep
clip from a Solange music video
Mulder and Scully from the X-Files
blow-drying a Pomeranian
Buffy Summers spinning a wooden stake