Whether you're well into your next build or sounding out the nugget of a new idea, my practical experience with organizations like Obama for America Technology, Mozilla, Noun Project, and more will make your path easier, friendlier, and more fruitful: hi@marihuertas.com


I shape, shepherd, ship, and show digital and print projects.

From start to finish of your work's shining, hopeful existence, I will:

  • suggest ideas and flag potential issues.
  • plan and create a practical schedule for the work.
  • negotiate contracts, watch the budget, and wrangle business operations.
  • outline a communications strategy (with scheduled dates) for launch.
  • write and monitor copy, blog posts, and social channel outreach.
  • follow up post-launch to file reported bugs, address questions, and tie up loose ends.


I've worked with small and large groups around the world, including remote, internationally-based teams. Recent work:

  • Simple Honest Work – Project-managed a beautiful new site for New America. Organized, prioritized, and assigned a backlog of work in Github and Zenhub for the engineers and designers. Communicated with client in twice-weekly stands, Slack, and regular email dispatches outlining progress.

  • The Manual – Helmed its fall 2014 Kickstarter project, which was 108% funded; ran daily stands; scheduled development; created a communications roadmap; wrote emails, blog posts, and tweets; recommended changes for rebranding and redesign; negotiated URL purchase; and worked with a lawyer to ensure editorial copyright of previous editions.

  • XOXO festival – Supported business operations and communications for the 2014 festival, serving as point of contact for booking flights, hotel lodging, and reimbursements for all speakers, storytellers, arcade and tabletop presenters, musicians, filmmakers, and animators.

  • Blackbird (acquired by Pythian in June 2014) – Streamlined product operations for 70+ clients across five project managers and four teams of global, remote, senior data and devops professionals. Cut redundant and unnecessary tools to save ~$20K/year. Wrote dispatches to clients outlining security issues. Outlined best practices for social outreach.

  • Noun Project – Guided the team to launch a site redesign, API build, and premium accounts. Advised on community outreach for the transition, including emails, blog posts, and Vine and Instagram posts.

  • El El See – Built out operations for this devops provider, co-founded by two fellow Obama for America alums. Managed its client roster, created a product roadmap (including hiring and development), and wrangled contracts, among other things – all the typical growth elements for a young company.

  • Mozilla – Directed the website development, community outreach and engagement, PR, summer fair, and more for Chicago Summer of Learning (now at chicagocityoflearning.org), a summer program oriented around student learning, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, the City of Chicago, and local education and community groups. Also product-managed Mozilla's web literacy standard.

In 2012, I was a program manager on Obama for America's Technology team, where I directly owned three of the team's five verticals: Digital, Finance, and Voter. This included products that integrated with the campaign's two technical flagship builds, Narwhal and Dashboard.

I managed >100 projects, enhancements, fixes, and rebuilds in total, including the campaign's microtargeting and data collection efforts, voter registration and tracking, Facebook and Twitter message blasting, the mobile app on both the iOS and Android platforms, the campaign's POS system and online store, and much, much more.

Previous roles include Digital Products Manager at World Book, Inc., where I brought seven commercially successful (and educator-praised) digital products to life, including its Classroom division; Editor for World Languages at McGraw-Hill Education, where I created literacy and ELL materials in English, Spanish, and French; and Project Coordinator at Nieman, Inc., a small, privately-owned development house in Wilmette, Ill.