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Kristen Pol

Kristen Pol

Founder | CTO | Open Source Contributor

Santa Cruz, California

I have over 20 years technical experience specializing in Web, SEO (search engine optimization), and application architecture and programming, including more than 17 years Drupal experience. Projects include Drupal-based websites, Java Swing applications, and search engine optimization for both website structure and content. Leadership experience for more than 20 years in various roles as technical lead, architect, project manager, product manager, engineering manager, and CTO.

Specialties: Web programming, Drupal (versions 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10*), PHP (versions 4, 5, 7, 8), MySQL, SEO (search engine optimization), Drupal internationalization/localization, content strategy, application architecture, public speaking, mentoring, product management, leadership

* Helping Drupal 10 get created and released

Certifications: Acquia Certified Drupal Grand Master

Pronouns: she/her/they/their


  • Founder (Itty Bitty Byte)
  • Co-Founder, CTO & Senior Architect (Hook 42)
  • Public Speaker (Drupal Project)
  • Managing Architect & Engineering Team Lead (Contract) (Zicasso)
  • Open Source Contributor (Drupal Project)
  • Senior Technical Consultant (Salsa Digital)


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