Kendall Totten

Engineering Manager in Raleigh, North Carolina

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My journey started when I began building websites as a kid. I always loved the idea of creating something that the whole world could see! Graphic design stood out to me as a practical way to do what I loved, so I worked on the newspaper staff all through high school and college⁠—where I completed a Bachelor's degree in Communication Technology & Graphic Design.

Though I still have a keen eye for aesthetics, over the next 10 years my focus shifted back to the web where I worked on primarily Drupal freelance web projects, client sites for agencies (dallascowboys.com, weather.com and butler.edu), and redhat.com. I've been fortunate to hold a variety of roles such as Graphic Designer, Front-end Web Developer, UX Dev Team Lead, People Manager, Principal Program Manager, and now Engineering Manager.

At Pinata, a small but dynamic startup, I'm doing both people and project management. Anyone I've worked with will tell you I'm passionate about organization, efficiency, and helping people do their best work.

I am an active contributor to the open source project: PatternFly Elements web components. I'm also a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

I live in Raleigh with my spouse & 2 dogs. I enjoy photography, traveling, board games, music, good food, and the great outdoors. I'm also obsessed with avoiding food waste! If this also interests you, make a copy of my free meal planning board on Trello. 😁

  • Work
    • Pinata
  • Education
    • Eastern Michigan University