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Hi there! I’m Chris Sternal-Johnson, a backend and infrastructure developer with decades of experience building solutions and managing teams on projects for millions of users across some of the world’s largest brands.


I’ve been tinkering with websites and servers since middle school. Major roles follow; I also do charitable and freelance work for a variety of medical societies and other organizations.

If you’re reading this section, you’ll probably want to know that most of my development experience is in the PHP world (primarily Laravel of late), with Vue on frontend and AWS (with Terraform) for infrastructure. You don’t want me doing your design work.

Multibrain 2014 – Now

Chief Technology Officer

Architected and maintain a multi-network social media management platform targeted at enterprise customers with large, global, distributed sales forces. Guided organization through GDPR compliance, SOC 2 audit, and instrumental in winning new contracts.

GripMedia 2011 – 2014

Lead Developer

Responsible for a sweepstakes and contest management platform serving major national and international brands, including a major no-downtime transition from colocated servers to Amazon Web Services while handling over 100M entries annually.

Democrat & Chronicle 2007 – 2011

Custom Development Analyst

Built internal and external web applications serving the news, classified, and online departments as well as the Rochester, New York area community. Additional duties included helpdesk and server administration.

Relicnews 1999 – 2008


One of several administrators overseeing a 40-50 member moderation staff. Modifications and maintenance of a large vBulletin forum installation, as well as custom web applications.

For fun

Outside of work, I take photos of the sky, make pizzas, ski, tinker with Arduinos, swim with sharks, bake bread, play with tiny trains, and any number of other fun things.

@ me

I can be reached in a couple different ways.