Nikki Stevens

Drupal Architect & Tech Lead

Nikki is a long-time software engineer with experience leading teams from two to 20 people. She has written numerous custom Drupal modules for Drupal 6, 7 and 8, and is an active contributor to open source projects.

As a Technical Architect, Nikki has implemented, dismantled, converted and optimized build processes, continuous integration workflows and external service integrations. She gets to work with clients and project managers to articulate a list of business needs, translate those into technical capabilities, fix pain points, and, ultimately architect a site that does what they want at a price they can afford. Her favorite part of the job is helping clients understand technical details: they sometimes feel apprehensive about something that they feel is too complex, and Nikki enjoys seeing their lightbulb moments when they understand it.

Nikki has given presentations at Drupalcon New Orleans, Facebook, The Bloomberg Media Center, and a ton of camps. In addition to speaking, her community work is extensive. She’s a maintainer for OpenDemographics, the founder and original leader of the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion group, and was the community summit lead for DrupalCons Baltimore and Nashville. Her work in the Drupal community earned her the 2017 Aaron Winborn Award.

Nikki is a PhD Student at Arizona State University, and a 2018 Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research Graduate Fellow. Her PhD is for a degree in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, which is a fancy way of saying she’s studying data ethics, philosophies of quantification, and software engineering ethics.

Nikki’s current focus is on workflow optimization, diversity in work teams, and building fun stuff.


Drupal, site architecture, DevOps, technical workflows, user stories and requirements (project technical planning), php developer/coder

Favorite Game

Scrabble/word games

Did you know?

Nikki strongly feels that technology is powerful and political, so we need to be mindful of what we do with it.