David Paul Ellenwood

Frontend & Backend Engineer / WordPress Developer


I am a talented web developer with more than twenty years of experience. Currently the Director of Engineering for frontend development at Modern Tribe, I have the privilege of working with a team of exceptionally talented developers, designers, strategists, and project managers to build amazing things with WordPress.

I've done freelance and contract work for a variety of clients in the past so I'm comfortable going it alone when the project or task calls for it. The vast majority of my career has been remote so I'm not new to asynchronous work.

I love solving complex architectural problems, web standards and accessibility, and where the web as a platform is headed. Jeffrey Zeldman, Eric Meyer, and Jason Santa Maria are my heroes and I remember the days when we had to wrangle Internet Explorer 6 into submission.

I'm eager to work alongside a small team of creative developers who are passionate about their work, energized by learning new methods & technologies, and enthusiastic about contributing to the greater web community.


Director of Frontend Engineering

- Present

Modern Tribe Agency, LLC » Hudson, WI (Remote)

Responsible for the overall engineering discipline. I am responsible for building a healthy engineering discipline, managing key engineering staff members, and overseeing the execution of technical work produced. I regularly develop and document tools and processes for our team, meet with developers to solve engineering problems and foster growth, participate in sales proposals & pitches, contribute to budget planning, and work with the leadership team to set the overall company vision and mission.

Principal Frontend Engineer


Modern Tribe Agency, LLC » Hudson, WI (Remote)

Primarily an architectural leadership role, I assisted in shaping the engineering discipline at Modern Tribe. I helped to define the tools and practices that we use, provided leadership and training for more junior team members, and provided architectural guidance for client work. On a daily basis, I defined requirements and scope, wrote code for both frontend and backend applications, performed code reviews, participated in client conversations, assisted with sales and recruiting, and contributed to the engineering team culture.

Front End Developer


Modern Tribe Agency, LLC » Hudson, WI (Remote)

Front end development for large-scale WordPress projects. Day to day activities included coding performant front end interfaces for a variety of enterprise clients, wrangling multiple active projects at any moment, and keeping myself up-to-date on modern PHP (namespaces, containers, service providers, definers & subscriber), JavaScript development (ES6, promises, imports, classes) and the emerging reactive JavaScript framework craze (Backbone & Mustache, React, Vue.js, NextJS).

Owner, Principal Engineer


DPE Websmithing & Design, LLC » Superior, WI

Freelance & contract interactive design, WordPress development, consulting, and web server administration. Regularly handled client relationships, project management, design, development, and linux based server administration.

Interactive Designer & Frontend Developer


Sleeping Giant Studios, LLC » La Crosse, WI

Information design, visual design and implementation of websites and web applications for a wide range of commercial clients. Regular duties included: wireframing, visual design, and development for a proprietary ASP.net based CMS and WordPress websites.