Keynote Speakers

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Dries Buytaert, Drupal Founder

Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for Drupal, a powerful open source platform for building websites and digital experiences. Dries is also Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer of Acquia, the open source digital experience company.

Honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, he holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University of Antwerp. Dries also has been recognized as CTO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and a Young Innovator by MIT Technology Review.

He blogs frequently on Drupal, open source, business, and the future of the web at

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Dr. Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression

Dr. Safiya Noble is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of the inaugural NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, and author of the highly acclaimed Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press). She is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she Co-Founded the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She and her work have been featured in Time, The Guardian, the BBC, CNN International, Wired, The New York Times, among many others. Her talks and research focus on the ways that digital media impacts our lives and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology. 

Read more about her at

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Jess Romeo, Director of Web Publishing Platforms at Pfizer

Jess Romeo has led digital execution, client services, and quality assurance teams in healthcare and biopharma spaces for 15+ years. She has driven quality digital products at healthcare-focused digital agencies and, since 2019, as Director, Web Publishing Platforms at Pfizer. She is responsible for the Edison Platform, the backbone of all Pfizer websites, that provides standards, security, and guidance for development teams to ensure website compliance across the Pfizer landscape.

Drupal Initiative Leads Keynote
Amber Matz, Production Manager & Trainer at Osio Labs

Amber makes and manages content primarily for Drupalize.Me for Osio Labs. Amber helps out with Help Topics, Drupal User Guide, #bugsmash, and #documentation for the Drupal project.

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Ted Bowman, Principal Software Engineer and Core Contributor

As part of Ted's job at Acquia's Drupal Acceleration Team he is currently helping to implement automatic updates for Drupal. I previously worked on the Settings Tray, Layout Builder and Rest modules. He has been involved in Drupal for over 10 years as a site builder, module developer and trainer.

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Cristina Chumillas, Senior Front-end Developer at Lullabot

UX Engineer. Senior Front-end Developer at Lullabot, Drupal core provisional front-end framework manager and UX and Claro co-maintainer. Involved in Barcelona's local community organizing Drupal and other tech-related events.

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Mateu Aguiló Bosch, Lead Engineer at Lullabot

Mateu is the API-First Initiative coordinator for the Drupal project. Mateu is also an author and maintainer of Contenta CMS, a decoupled CMS based on Drupal 8. Mateu has been working on omni-channel backends (PHP and nodejs) for large media companies in the US during the last 9 years. He has gained a perspective on fully featured and performant decoupled backends serving to more than 10 different platforms.

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Leslie Glynn, Project Browser Strategic Initiative Co-Lead

Manager Client Success at Redfin Solutions; Drupal Association At-Large Board Member 2019-2021; Project Browser Strategic Initiative Co-Lead; Co-organizer of Design4Drupal Boston and New England Drupal Camp; Drupal volunteer and mentor.

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Gábor Hojtsy, Full Stack Community Organizer at Acquia

Gabor is an avid open source enthusiast and contributor. He is a Drupal 10 initiative coordinator, Drupal core product manager and initiative coordinator coordinator working with and on the open source project itself at Acquia. He is a regular Drupal event speaker and organizer and do communication for various initiatives.

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Joyce Peralta, Digital strategy and governance at McGill University

Joyce has been building websites and digital communities for 20 years, including 15 years’ experience in higher education. For the past five years, she has worked at McGill University, holding positions in Communications and External Relations and IT Services.

She has presented at conferences across North America, such as DrupalCon, Confoo and #PSEWEB, about web standards, governance and user experience.

Government Summit Keynote
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Brooke Aiken, Program Manager at FDIC

Brooke Aiken joined the FDIC in August 2019 as the FDIC’s first full-time Section 508 Program Manager. Brooke currently serves as the co-education chair for the federal-wide Accessibility Community of Practice. She is the newly elected president of FDIC’s CAN DO employee resource group, serves on the CIOO Work Excellence Council and previously served as a member of the FDIC Chairman’s Diversity Advisory Council.

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Jasmyne Epps, Product Manager, Georgia Technology Authority

Jasmyne proudly serves the State of Georgia as a Product Manager at the Georgia Technology Authority. She is the current product owner of GovHub, a Drupal web publishing platform that connects the constituents of Georgia to the services provided by over 80 state agencies. Through managing this product, Jasmyne champions accessibility and inclusivity in development as well as design.

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Mike Gifford, Senior Strategist, W3C Invited Expert, Accessibility/Sustainability, Drupal Core Accessibility Maintainer

Mike Gifford is a Senior Strategist at CivicActions and a thought leader on digital accessibility in the public sector. He is also a W3C Invited Expert and recognized authoring tool accessibility expert.

Previously, he was the Founder and President of OpenConcept Consulting Inc., a web development agency specializing in building open source solutions for the open web. Mike has served as a Drupal Core Accessibility Maintainer in 2012.

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Martha Wilkes, Accessibility Strategist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the CTO

Martha Wilkes is an accessibility strategist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. She began the civic tech phase of her career by serving a 4-year term at the US Digital Service, a tech startup at the White House. Before joining USDS, Martha spent her career designing enterprise software solutions in various private industries, from banking to statistical analysis to home health care. Martha lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.