The Online Strategy team is responsible for building a cohesive brand online, including the design and development of the core cmu.edu website.
The team works closely with the university's Computing Services to offer a central content management system (CMS) and design templates that can be used by units across the institution.
Director, Online Strategy
Digital Project Manager
Amber spearheads project management for the online strategy team. Fueled by coffee and happy developers, she believes in the power of well-planned projects achieved through active communication, supportive education, clear workflows and progressive technology. She has a degree in public relations from Penn State and previously worked in the digital division of a regional retail brand, as well as an Internet marketing agency. When taking a breather from wrangling run-away processes, she’s likely to be knitting up a storm, racing off on weekend road trips with her husband or reading a classic novel.
User Interface Designer & Developer
Steve produces the university's web design standards, designs the content management system templates and helps to maintain cmu.edu. He has an associate’s degree in multimedia from Pittsburgh Technical College and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing, music technology and sound design at CMU. Steve is a multi-genre recording artist and poet, loves Jesus, and lives in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with his wife, children and piebald pit bull.
Digital Content Manager
Sr. Front End Developer
Building on 10 years of experience, Chris specializes in front-end web development, developer operations and research and development. As part of the Online Strategy team, he applies his skills to the university’s enterprise content management system, and to the critical path of CMU’s web presence as a whole. He loves designing workflows, systems and picking out subtle details in designs. When he’s not being a keyboard cowboy, you can find him in a CrossFit gym performing deadlifts or walking on his hands.
Full Stack Web Developer
Digital Content Manager
Sakena manages content for some of the university website’s top level pages, including sites related to CMU’s key areas of focus. She has degrees in English and creative writing, and prior to CMU she worked at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a program administrator and web developer. Sakena is a Pittsburgh native but has called Atlanta, Brooklyn, Harrisburg and Los Angeles home. When she is not documenting her life through snapshots and selfies, she fills her time with creative projects that span from writing, knitting and genealogy to dreaming up the next travel adventure for her and her husband, a faculty member in the Entertainment Technology Center.