Jonathan Pool

(510) 225-1700



  • “Hit the ground learning”

Principal roles

  • Full-stack web developer
  • Accessibility engineer

Prior experience and training

  • UI design and usability
  • Automated and user testing
  • Automated internationalization and localization
  • Documentation
  • Conference presentations, training, web marketing, sales, and customer relationship management
  • Design, implementation, and deployment of instructional software
  • Physical and cloud server installation, configuration, and maintenance
  • Network and firewall configuration and maintenance
  • Project planning, costing, coordination, and management
  • Grant and contract solicitation, negotiation, and management
  • Procurement
  • Regulatory compliance and risk management
  • Founding of nonprofit and for-profit startups
  • Political research, mathematical models of social behavior, and statistical analysis of social data
  • Volunteer service in Peace Corps, Operation Crossroads Africa, and boards of directors and advisors
  • Fluency in English, German, Turkish, and Esperanto, and semifluency in French, Norwegian, and Russian

Academic education

  • University of Chicago, Ph.D., political science
  • Harvard University, B.A. (cum laude), government

Recent Work History

Web accessibility developer/consultant
Seattle, Washington
2018-02-17 –

  • Conducted cross-browser WCAG 2.1, WAI-ARIA, and usability tests on web pages and other digital documents with aXe, WAVE, Siteimprove, WCAG Accessibility Audit Developer UI, Safari a11y Tools, Acrobat Pro DC, VoiceOver, ChromeVox, and other assistive technologies
  • Provided pro bono accessibility consulting to for-profit, nonprofit, and government organizations
  • Published accessibility reports
  • Developed and maintained web applications with nginx, PM2, PostgreSQL, SendGrid Web API, and Twilio Programmable Voice API on Ubuntu Linux OVH VPS
  • Received training on “Advanced PDF Accessibility”, accessible CSS and SVG, and aXe development

Learners Guild
Full-stack web-development and accessibility apprentice
Oakland, California
2017-05-01 – 2018-02-16

  • Developed accessible and responsive front-end, back-end, and full-stack web applications, SPAs, and APIs coded in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript (ES2015), and SQL, using Node.js, NPM, Express, pg, pg-promise, bcrypt, solr, PostgreSQL, Mongoose/MongoDB, JQuery, Cheerio, Bootstrap, EJS, Pug, Materialize, ESLint, mocha, chai, Selenium Webdriver, Chrome Developer Tools, and Heroku
  • Researched state and federal U.S. and foreign accessibility laws and regulations
  • Studied best practices in code organization, asynchronous programming, naming conventions, debugging, linting, testing, TDD, continuous integration, MVC architecture, documentation, and code reviews in agile development
  • Became ESLint contributor #25
  • Made 200+ contributions to MDN Web Docs
  • Managed versions, collaboration, and workflows with git, Github, Slack, and Trello

The Long Now Foundation
Director and web/database developer in multilingual accessibility project
Berkeley, California
2012-01-01 – 2016-12-19

  • Managed PanLex project
  • Developed 3.1-billion-translation database and UIs supporting accessibility of digital content for speakers of all languages, using Perl, PostgreSQL, PL/pgSQL, DBI, MojoDOM, OCR tools, iconv, and ISO 639-3
  • Developed web UIs with authentication and authorization and SEO API
  • Tuned and tested indirect-translation algorithms
  • Developed NLTK corpus in 2000 languages
  • Contributed to Common Locale Data Repository of the Unicode Standard
  • Recruited steering committee, 5 web developers and linguists, and 40 summer interns
  • Installed, configured, and managed servers under Ubuntu Linux on AWS EC2 and dedicated OVH hosts
  • Wrote project developer documentation with WordPress
  • Collaborated with git, svn, Github, Gitlab, Bitbucket, SourceForge, Slack, Asana, Wrike, and Egnyte
  • Published and presented technical papers

Utilika Foundation
Founder, CEO, and web/database developer in multilingual accessibility project
Seattle, Washington
2004-05-03 – 2011-12-31

  • Converted SQL Server database to PostgreSQL
  • Developed database, web framework, and UIs with Perl, CSS, and HTML for accessibility of digital content and communications for speakers of all languages
  • Designed authentication and authorization rules
  • Installed, configured, and managed web, database, and mail servers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Managed research partnership with Turing Center, University of Washington
  • Published and presented research papers
  • Recruited and trained volunteers and 10 interns
  • Took undergraduate and graduate courses in Java, data structures and algorithms, UI design, user testing, usability research, AI, syntax, semantics, and morphology at University of Washington (GPA 3.97)

Founder, CEO, and web/eCommerce/network developer
Tukwila, Washington
1993-06-16 – 2004-06-11

  • Developed web applications for property management, resource allocation, and contracting with Perl, CSS, HTML, PostgreSQL, VBA, and VectorWorks CAD
  • Designed and managed search-engine advertising and sales
  • Designed and managed secure inter-building LAN and firewall under Cisco IOS
  • Designed physical accessibility upgrades per ADA Title III
  • Negotiated leases on 100 office suites

Professional affiliations

International Association of Accessibility Professionals

  • member

Puget Sound Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction

  • member

Seattle Area Accessibility & Universal Design

  • member
  • invited speaker

Esperantic Studies Foundation

  • cofounder
  • Advisory Board member
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