Hailee Kenney

Seattle, Washington USA


University of Washington, Seattle, Washington - M.S. Human Centered Design & Engineering

September 2021 - Present

University of Portland, Portland, Oregon - B.S. Electrical Engineering: Computer Track

August 2010 - May 2014

Minor: Computer Science

Research & Design Projects

Co-Designing Spaces for Teen Mental Health

Conduct exploratory research in collaboration with the Seattle Public Library aimed at exploring how to create real and virtual spaces to support positive teen mental health at the library. Currently design and moderate co-design sessions with local teenagers in addition to conducting interviews and library site visits

Community Cycling Service Design

Designed a service to equitably promote urban cycling in Seattle through education, community events, and sustainably-sourced equipment. Utilized multiple research methods including co-design to architect a non-profit organization documented via ecosystem maps, service blueprints, and more

Trans Mentorship Network

Co-designed an online community with a single participant of trans experience. Designed a platform to connect trans and questioning individuals with mentors with a focus on building community, safety, and security. Worked closely with the participant throughout the project

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Podcast Listening Diary Study

Conducted generative research on the daily habits of several podcast listeners to gain insights into how podcast creators can better support listening habits. Conducted a diary study which included interviews as well as daily text and voice entries

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Usability Study for WA Notify

Planned and conducted a usability study on behalf of the Washington State Department of Health about a new feature in their COVID exposure notifications application. Employed the RITE method to help bring valuable insights and suggestions back to the team to improve the usability of an important public health application

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Work Experience, Portland, Oregon - Software Engineer

November 2017 - February 2020

  • Worked in Python to develop healthcare automation tools to allow providers to more easily connect with patients
  • Served as lead developer on several high profile features that improved the patient experience and allowed our application to provide expanded care options, all while balancing the needs of internal and external stakeholders
  • Researched and analyzed tools and technical approaches to better inform feature development and process changes for the team
  • Led the adoption and integration of automated browser testing using Cypress. Educated teammates on the technology, and developed and documented internal policies surrounding its usage. As a result, drastically reduced the need for manual testing and helped improve the stability of our application

Puppet, Portland, Oregon - Software Engineer

Summer 2012, Summer 2013, July 2014 - November 2017

  • Developed core features and triaged bugs within an open source, legacy Ruby codebase for a complex and heavily utilized configuration management tool
  • Led the development of Puppet Strings, a documentation extraction tool, and mentored the college intern assigned to the project
  • Engaged in frequent and proactive cross-team collaboration with departments such as product and user experience to better meet user needs and facilitate feedback throughout the entire development process
  • Worked to foster, support and collaborate with Puppet’s external open source community through triage sessions, code reviews and frequent communication
  • Spoke at several industry conferences about building welcoming open source communities

Volunteer Projects

Django Girls PDX - Organizer

June 2016 - Present

Work with three others to organize free beginner workshops to teach people of marginalized genders how to build a website in Python and Django. We are one chapter of a larger international nonprofit

Project Power Workshop - Organizer

October 2018

Teamed up with a fellow Django Girls organizer and Project Object, a local artist community, to put on an introductory hardware programming workshop as part of a series of educational events centered around empowering people of marginalized genders



Usability Testing, Qualitative Interviews, Qualitative Data Analysis, Coding, Diary Studies, Heuristic Evaluations, RITE Method, Co-Design, Surveys, Card Sorts, Participant Coordination


Figma, User-Centered Design, Wireframing, UI Design, Designing for Virtual Reality, Sketching & Ideation, Service Design, Ecosystem Maps, Service Blueprints, User Journey Maps, Narrative Prototyping


Ruby, Python, Java, C++, Git, GitHub, Linux, Unix, JavaScript, Cypress, React, AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, CSS, Travis CI, Jenkins, Jira

Speaking Engagements

SeaGL 2019: Empowering New Programmers Through Introductory Arduino Workshops

recording, slides

Open Source Bridge 2016: Enabling Open Source Contributors at Puppet


PDX Women in Tech Holiday Party 2015: Raising Your Voice - Finding Confidence Through Public Speaking

news article

Portland Puppet User Group, February 2015: Introduction to Puppet Strings


PuppetConf Contributor Summit 2015: How to Contribute for Beginners


PuppetConf 2013: So You Want to Contribute to Puppet? A Getting Started Guide


PuppetConf 2012: Getting Started Contributing to Puppet and Facter

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