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 (, and, and and the open source project PatternFly Elements web components. 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'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