Chris Kirk
Engineering Leader

As a software engineer with a decade of experience, I’ve worked across a variety of problem spaces on teams large and small, playing critical roles in high-profile projects. My passion is finding the elegant solution hiding in every complex problem.


Lifion by ADP

Lead Platform Engineer

2018 – Present | New York City | Full time

  • As functional lead of a team of eight engineers, organizes project work, sets architectural direction, and represents the team to stakeholders
  • Mentors other engineers and gives technical presentations weekly
  • Designs and implements a new GraphQL API, backed by TypeScript microservices running in Kubernetes clusters
  • Created a federated GraphQL API gateway with Apollo Federation
  • Iterates on a sophisticated product delivery system, working closely with product owners, designers, and end users in an Agile process
  • Rethinks domain models and rebuilds legacy systems, with a focus on test-driven development, multi-paradigm programming, and domain-driven design
  • Augmented the Lifion platform to support integrations with GraphQL APIs
  • Successfully architected and delivered a critical data processing tool under a strict deadline, leading a team of developers to iterate on it

New York Magazine

Senior Full-Stack Engineer

2016 - 2018 | New York City | Full time

  • Spearheaded the full-stack engineering of The Cut’s homepage redesign
  • Single-handedly built a stream-based Node microservice to fill homepages with content based on editors' configurations
  • Helped introduce event streaming with Kafka
  • Designed a dynamic client-side JS dependency analysis and bundling system, reducing response payloads on article pages up to 18 percent
  • Contributed to the in-house content platform and its Vue-based page editor
  • Built The Year In Memes, a National Magazine Award finalist
  • Wrote a data migration tool to transfer thousands of assets across content verticals
  • Contributed to Python, GoLang, Java, and Scala systems
  • Oversaw major Elasticsearch and Mongo upgrades

News Apps Engineer

2012 - 2016 | New York City | Full time

City University of New York

Adjunct Lecturer

2015 – 2016 | New York City | Part time

Taught data journalism, HTML, JavaScript, and R to graduate students with my own coursework

Freelance Web Development

2007 – 2014 | Part time

Built websites and apps for large and small businesses, including Sony Music

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

News Apps Intern

Fall 2011 | Pittsburgh | Full time

Engineered news apps, including an interactive timeline of the Penn State scandal


New Media Intern

Summer 2010, Summer 2011 | Sunnyvale, CA | Full time

Evaluated geoparsing software crucial to product strategy

Evanston Now

News Reporting Intern

Summer 2010 | Evanston, IL | Full time

Reported on city council and crime, producing 63 stories, including 11 video stories


Northwestern University
Graduated March 2012
Magna Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism
  • Double major in Political Science
  • Completed coursework on interactive journalism and computer programming
  • Served three years on the Daily Northwestern in various editorial, creative, and managerial roles


  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • Node
  • GraphQL
  • Apollo
  • React
  • Redux
  • React Native
  • Kubernetes
  • Terraform
  • Elasticsearch
  • DataDog
  • RxJS
  • Streams
  • Jest/Mocha
  • Express
  • Kinesis
  • Vue
  • Docker
  • Knex
  • jQuery
  • D3
  • TypeORM
  • Babel
  • Webpack
  • Browserify
  • Git
  • Grunt/Gulp
  • Handlebars
  • MySQL
  • MongoDB
  • SASS
  • AWS
  • Python
  • Golang
  • R


  • Finalist, Multimedia Feature, National Magazine Awards 2017
  • Best Single-Topic News or Feature, Education Writers Association, 2016
  • Finalist, Multimedia Feature, National Magazine Awards 2015
  • 1st Place, Multimedia Feature, Associated Collegiate Press 2011
  • 1st Place, Photo Essay in a Daily Newspaper, Ill. College Press Assoc. 2010