Specialty: Web Production and Development

irina zaks in stlp program

Summary of qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in project management and business development combined with hands-on web development expertise
  • Expert in planning and implementation of a complete web development process within budget and on schedule
  • In-depth knowledge of web technologies, standards, languages and tools, including content management systems, social media, group communication tools, video, etc.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure, to learn new products and concepts quickly
  • Accustomed to work on multiple tasks concurrently, clearly documenting all projects
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, comfortable working with technical and non-technical individuals at all levels, work well independently or in a team


  • Web: HTML, XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, d3js,  CGI, PHP, PERL, XML/XSLT, WCAG 2.0, Dreamweaver, Flash MX with ActionScript, Contribute, various CMS (WordPress, Drupal, MovableType, Wiki)
  • Imaging: Photoshop, ImageReady, Acrobat, Illustrator, Firework, GIMP
  • Publishing: InDesign, Quark Express
  • Office tools: MS Office, MS Project, Visio, Adobe Acrobat, Open Office
  • Platforms/OS: LINUX, UNIX, Windows, Mac, RTDB, MySQL, Apache

Other Achievements:

  • Active participant of Stanford Open Source Lab and Drupal Community, lead organization of Stanford Drupal Camp since 2010
  • Presented at DrupalCon 2018, various Drupal Camps and Stanford Techbriefings
  • Contributed to Drupal 8 core
  • Co-maintainer of Feeds Migrate and d3 modules
  • Two publications in scientific journals with Latvian University

Work Experience:

Fibonacci Web Studio  » Principal,  2014 – present

  • Web development (websites and applications), and project management consulting

Stanford Law School » Web Developer, 2009 – Jan 2014

  • Ongoing development of new features for law school website based on custom CMS, including integration of social media and workflow improvement
  • Developed school-wide WordPress-based website for conferences
  • Developed school-wide WordPress-based blogging tool
  • Web site for Stanford Lawyer magazine, including print to web processing (InDesign to XML to WordPress)
  • Developed SLSNavigator, Drupal-based web application, including framework, custom modules, theming based on Photoshop art files, online and print documentation
  • Work with vendors on migration of existing custom CMS to Drupal
  • Training materials and documentation for Content managers on all web applications provided by SLS Communications

Stanford University, Academic Computing » Web Accessibility Technical Specialist, 2006 – 2007

  • Analysis of exiting websites for 508 compliance using AccVerify, LIFT, other tools, manual testing
  • Made recommendations for improvement of websites to increase sites’ accessibility
  • Developed coding standards , compliant with WAI/508 section recommendations
  • Created templates for Stanford Office of Communication compliant with online accessibility standards

Stanford Medical School IRT » Training and Web Support, 2004 – 2005

  • Supported of existing school websites and developed of new sites based on customer’s requirements using Medical School templates (including Movable Type CMS templates, DHTML menus, other dynamic elements)
  • Web Help and Training for web maintainers and developers throughout Medical school

Stanford University, News Service » Web Editor and Developer, 2003 – 2004

  • Managed web production for online version of Stanford Report (Dreamweaver, custom content management system)
  • Automated routine aspects of text and image input based on InDesign publishing software
  • Developed new workflow for processing Word articles into InDesign documents for print processing and xml documents for web, including workflow automation using AppleScript, InDesign templates with Style-to-Tag xml mapping, XML/XSLT to pre-process xml files for import into content management system

I-Ring, Web development and project management consulting, since 2003

  • Development of new sites and migration of existing websites, including analysis of existing site, information architecture for the new site, working with graphic artist or alone on visual design, selection of new platform, migration strategy, setting milestones and ensuring timely delivery, front and back end development, workflow and optimization of user experience for content managers, testing and documentation, training for Web administrator(s) and Content Managers, continuous work on development of new features
  • Technical consulting and project management in site launches, including g interaction with vendors on delivering solutions on schedule and within a budget, technical

Major projects include:

National Science Foundation » Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC)

  • Development of new information architecture and content strategy, graphic design and layout, ongoing development of new features, including collaborative reporting system for NSF annual reports
  • Migration of the old website into the new structure
  • Training for content managers at over 40 centers countrywide via on site and online training sessions and webinars
  • Management of integrated web to print projects, leading a team of content contributors, an editor and a designer
  • Gave presentations to NSF and MRSEC Directors, faculty and scientists, promoting new web technologies that enable collaboration and improve efficiency of research projects
  • Preparation of yearly reports and proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive ongoing funding for the project

Los Altos Town Crier

  • Developed complete web publishing solution for a weekly local newspaper with improved workflow with Word/InDesign/XML-XSLT components
  • System design based on customers’ requirements, product requirements for engineering, GUI design, User Manuals, training, product marketing materials

Symphony Systems, Campbell » Product Marketing Manager 2000 – 2002

Developed and executed a strategy for delivering a web-based data collection/storage/analysis server for semiconductor manufacturing. The product improved tools productivity by ~15% which resulted in $75K – $200K saving per year per tool.

  • Completed MRD based on market research and customer requirement analysis
  • Analyzed pricing and ROI jointly with sales force
  • Wrote PRD, reviewed product engineering documentation, prioritized product features
  • Developed requirements for Network Monitoring system and Data backup and recovery system
  • Planned and executed product launches (sales collateral, advertising campaign, SemiCon show)
  • Coordinated timely delivery of the product with hardware vendors, engineering, sales, and customers
  • Scheduled deadlines and inspired project team to meet those

SAT Corporation, Sunnyvale » Product Marketing Manager 1998 -2000

Responsible for developing a wireless carrier management and monitoring application suite. New product increased company sales of by ~40% and led to procurement of the company.

  • Completed MRD and PRD for next generation of the product
  • Included Network Management system into the suite of applications
  • Reviewed engineering specs for consistency with customer requirements
  • Led the team and hardware vendors in timely delivery of the product
  • Managed Hewlett Packard Channel partner relationship
  • Developed technical marketing materials (data sheets, brochures, web site, etc.)
  • Responded to RFPs and prepared unsolicited proposals with the emphasis on price/performance

Space Systems Loral, Palo Alto » Business Ventures/Eastern European Program, Program Manager 1995 -1998

  • Venture development for rural telephony project for Russia and East Europe, including market analysis, vendors’ evaluation
  • Managed design, development and documentation of system working collaboratively with the team of engineers and sales
  • Program support for development of proposal for joint manufacturing of communication satellites with Gascom (Russia)
  • Worked with Sales, Systems Engineering, Operations and Legal departments to ensure timely completion of the program

Latvian University, Riga, Latvia » Research Associate

  • Developed and managed network accessible database for retrieval of scientific and conference related information
  • Developed software for calculating electronic structure of semiconductor materials


  • Various courses in web technologies
  • Telecommunication Engineering, UC Berkeley
  • Satellite Systems Design and Engineering, Launch Space, Washington, DC
  • MS Physics, Latvian University, Riga, Latvia, USSR
  • Art School, Riga, Latvia, USSR

Hobbies: mountaineering, web design