Jen Lampton has been building websites since 1997, and participating in Open Source communities since 2006. She currently maintains several Open Source projects, and contributes to many others as it relates to the needs of her work.
Jen has been a very active member in the Drupal Open Source community for over a decade. She has delivered many presentations at conferences, including being a Featured Speaker at several DrupalCon events, and a keynote speaker at several Drupal camp events.
To support and grow the Drupal community, Jen also volunteered countless hours on local Drupal events. From 2007-2017 She served as one of the lead organizers for the Bay Area Drupal Camp (also known as BADCamp), the largest free Drupal event in the world. She also served as one of the lead organizers for DrupalCon San Francisco in 2010, before it was organized and run by the Drupal Association.
Jen Lampton spent several years as the Director of Drupal training at Chapter Three, in San Francisco. In that role she developed Drupal training workshop course material, and used it to train hundreds of people on how to use and extend Drupal. This material was later adapted and distributed by Acquia to all their training partners.
Jen joined the Drupal Usability team after watching her students struggle with Drupal's administrative and editorial interfaces. As a volunteer, she assisted with several usability and accessibility studies, and helped make improvements to Drupal as the result of those studies.
Jen Lampton served as a Drupal 8 core initiative lead for almost 2 years. In this role she worked with many other contributors to change the Drupal theme engine to from PHPTemplate to Twig. Her desire to make this change came from watching her students struggle to comprehend the Drupal theme layer. Twig was an attempt to make it easier to learn.
Jen Lampton decided to fork Drupal shortly after Twig was committed to core. She noticed the rest of Drupal 8 slipping out of the grasps of the average web developer. Since Drupal was no longer a tool most people could use, her focus shifted to working on Backdrop CMS.