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Dillon Draper

Web Designer, Homesteader, Social Entrepreneur

Enthusiast of life, Minimalist of strife


Hello there!

If you are reading this, than either I have sent you here myself to view my qualifications for whatever endeavour I have chosen to pursue next!

If I have not specifically asked you to visit this site, you were likely searching for something else and have perhaps stumbled on this site as a result of the internet "phenomenon" known as SEO.

Whichever may be the occurrence, I highly encourage you to take a peak at what I've got to offer. You can read all about me on through the various sections on the left menu, or use the handy Google Chart above to get a quick summary of what I do!

Please contact me by phone or email if you are interested in working together.

Dillon Draper

PROFICIENTWeb Design and Content Management

Proficient with web development through Content Management Systems such as Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla. Most work is primarily done on custom, modified Premium Wordpress themes.

INTERMIDIATETechnical Skills

  • Graphic Design: Photoshop & InDesign
  • Web Design: HTML, CSS, PHP, some jQuery and a little Flash.
  • Google Adwords and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Customer Relationship Manangement (CRM) Systems, such as Salesforce, Zoho, & CiviCRM

INTERMIDIATEGrant Writing and Researcher

Excellent researcher and proficient grant writer. Very proficient with basic administrative office programs such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint. As well as newer mediums such as Prezi and interactive web-based timelines.

PROFICIENTContent Distribution

  • Content Distribution: Constant Contact, Mailchimp, GetResponse, Vertical Response, etc
  • Content Publishing: Createspace & Amazon
  • Social Media Promotion: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, Instagram, Soundcloud, etc



April 2012 - June 2014Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

#Kidpower is a global non-profit leader since 1989 in teaching positive, practical personal safety skills to protext people of all ages and abilities from bullying, molestation, abduction, and other violence - and to prepare them to develop positive relationships that enrich their lives.

While at Kidpower my responsibilities as "Project Specialist" included:

  • Handling the submission of grant applications
  • Registering students for workshops and answering questions
  • Registering the organization for a variety of funding platforms and marketing services
  • Managing the Kidpower website by posting new blog posts, articles, schedule and by performing regular updates
  • Assisting with the publication of new books through InDesign and CreateSpace
  • Creating new graphics for seasonal or print usage through Photoshop
  • Updating office hardware and software and data management
  • Updating and improving Google AdWords and Google Analytics
  • Training interns in office tasks


March 2010 - March 2013Global Information Internship Program

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

#Now known as the Everett Program, this UCSC based undergraduate program was the foundation for my academic career. The goal of this program is to educate and inspire UCSC students to use digital tools and social entrepreneurship skills to advance social justice and promote sustainability. Students begin by taking a year long series of 3 courses that focus on the planning, development, and implementation of a project proposal. After several quarters a student may be selected to become a GIIP Fellow and join in the development of the student run program.

As a GIIP Fellow and Tech Lab Instructor my responsibilities included:

  • Developing lesson plans for the weekly Web Design and Wordpress labs
  • Lecturing once a week and holding technology workshops
  • Holding office hours for individual student attention
  • Brainstorming and constructing new GIIP lesson plans and websites


June 2011 - December 2011World Resources Institute (Open Climate Network)

Location: Washington DC

#WRI is an environmentally-minded think tank that goes beyond research to create solutions in areas where human needs intersect with the environment. WRI publishes research and non-opinionated articles, creates digital interactive applications, and host international events. Currently the divisions of WRI address aspects of global climate change, sustainable marketplaces, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance. My project for WRI was to help build a strong online presence for the Open Climate Network (OCN). The purpose of OCN is to serve as a credible, accessible source of information on national policies related to greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and international climate finance. I helped to construct and manage the openclimatenetwork.org website through Drupal and led a social media campaign to connect international partners via several WRI Twitter accounts.

While at WRI my responsibilities as "Online Communications Intern" included:

  • Compiling newsletter content and scheduling distribution
  • Organizing data assessments into presentations, slide shows, and interactive timelines
  • Researching stories for blog posts and managing the Google News account
  • Organizing content for continuous social media updates (primarily through Twitter)
  • Assisting with the design of the new Open Climate Network project website
  • Creating new graphics through Photoshop


Open Climate Network

November 2009 - PresentDillon Draper Design

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

#Since 2009 I have done website design, consulting, and development for a variety of small businesses, personal projects, and non-profit organizations. You can view my full portfolio by clicking the "Freelance Work" tab underneath the "Employment" section. Most of my work has been done through premium customized Wordpress themes, however I have also used Drupal and have some experience with other Content Management Systems (such as Xoops, Zoho, and CiviCRM).

Some examples of the work I've done on a Freelance basis includes:

  • Buying, editing, and designing Wordpress Themes for third-parties
  • Promotion via social media and Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Regulation, protection, and moderation of existing sites, including hosting and billing
  • Integration of E-commerce platofrms and online advertising through AdWords
  • Minor graphic design projects including small logos, banners, and infographics
  • Website management training sessions for clients


Past Employment

A brief history of my humble beginnings...

April 2010 - December 2010Cowell Mail Room - UCSC

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

My responsibilities as Mail Room Assistant Manager included:

  • Filing the mail, sorting packages, and organizing documents.
  • Swapping staff mail with other departments, maintaining student address database, updating addresses.
  • Handling phone inquires, answering student questions, troubleshooting.

Reference to Tony Soottinanchai (831-459-2253).

June 2009 - August 2009The Taco Shop

Location: Redding, CA

My responsibilities as a Crew Member included:

  • Basic food preparation, organizing, and cleaning duties.
  • Cash handling duties at register and drive-thru

December 2008 - April 2009Papa Murphy's Pizza

Location: Redding, CA

My responsibilities as a Crew Member included:

  • Making pizzas, cleaning, stocking the back fridge.
  • Taking orders over the phone and preparing for seasonal rushes.

June 2008 - September 2008Wells Fargo, Service Teller Communications

Location: Chandler, AZ

My responsibilities as Service Teller Intern included:

  • Taking notes during meetings and reviewing with supervisors later.
  • Making Powerpoint presentations for meeting reviews.
  • Reading customer reviews, organizing and analyzing excel documents of survey data.

Reference to Ofer Niv (480-724-4261 or nivo@wellsfargo.com).

June 2007 - September 2007Universal Precast Concrete Inc.

Location: Redding, CA

My responsibilities as Maintenance included:

  • Working with concrete, fiberglass and materials movement.
  • Conducting cleaning rounds.
  • Fabricated exhaust for sand blaster.

Reference to Owner, Gary McCall (530-242-6099).

Freelance Work

May 2014 - August 2014Emilyreillyrealestatewarrior.com

Emily Reilly

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to work with Emily Reilly. Emily was my Real Estate Agent for the home I purchased in 2013 and was essential in helping us with each aspect of the sale. A little over a year later, Emily decided that she would benefit from a personal website, something that shows her involvement in the community and a digital way to tell her story, be it in the world of real estate, as a Warriors sponser, or the owner of Emily's Bakery.

Reference to Owner, Emily Reilly (ereilly@baileyproperties.com).


March 2014 - May 2014Theclosetshopperfashiontruck.com

The Closet Shopper Fashion Truck

In spring 2014 I had the pleasure of working with Shannon, Owner of the Closet Shopper in downtown Santa Cruz. The Closet Shopper is a small women's clothing shop that offers trade and consignment. Shannon wanted some help updating her existing website and to unveil a new site with her newest project, The Closet Shopper Fashion Truck! She wanted a site that could have an embedded calender so that people could know of the Truck's location as she featured it around the area. I was very pleased to have had a role in this project and look forward to see what innovations Shannon has next!

Reference to Owner, Shannon Juliana (activewellness@sbcglobal.net).



September - November 2013Jntmgmt.com

J&T Management

For this project I constructed a site for J&T Management, that displays their various services in gas station management, including several project galleries and contact information. I also assisted in completing the content and updating the graphical content of their logo.

Reference to info@jntmgmt.com .


January 2012 - November 2012Everettprogram.org
(Formerly Giip.org)

The Everett Program Logo

This project was worked on weekly by myself, and the Technical Director for the program, Hasnain Nazar. It is built upon a customized premium wordpress theme and has an interactive map as well as galleries for current students, alumni, and projects. At the time I also updated the GIIP program's logo and optimized the site's SEO. The current site has recently been updated to the Everett Program as part of their re-branding process, but I am glad to have had a role in the progression of this program after my graduation from UCSC.

Reference to Technical Director, Hasnain Nazar (nazarhasnain@gmail.com).


April - June 2012Wizardscience.org

Wizard Science Logo

In early 2012 I had the pleasure of joining up with a local music event production company known as Wizard Science. I constructed a modified child theme for a premium wordpress expierence that includes a music player and blog page. I helped instruct the company on how to use wordpress and did a variety of posts myself. This project also required the creation of a logo, by the time we had finished we had two. The most prominent one being the one in the section above.

Reference to Owners, Kyle Boyar (itskybo@gmail.com) and
JR Rolle (jrolle.wizbooking@gmail.com).


August 2010Guinnesscat.com

The Savannah Cat Shoppe Logo

For this project I constructed a basic landing page for The Savannah Cat Shoppe in Corona, CA. This website is on customized premium wordpress theme that uses a flash based 3D homepage banner. I also created several new graphics for them and updated their older logo. The content mostly revolves around "Scarlett's Magic" a World Record Holding Cat for the category of Tallest and Longest Domestic Cat.

Reference to Owner, Leon Draper (909-559-9660 or savannahcatteryusa@facebook.com).




Bachelor of Arts, Major in Intensive Sociology

Minor in Global Information & Social Enterprise Studies

Dean's List & Student of Recognition

Faculty Adviser: Paul Lubeck

Average GPA 3.6, Specific Classes may be requested.


Studied for two quarters in the District of Columbia, while also interning at the World Resources Institute (WRI).

Studied energy policy and sustainability.

2005 - 2009SHASTA HIGH SCHOOL, Redding, CA

AP Scholar with Distinction, Graduate with Honors

Specific classes may be requested.


Here are a few wonderful references I have received throughout my professional and academic career.

Executive Director and Founder of KidpowerIrene van der Zande

"Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing child protection, positive communication, and personal safety skills for all ages and abilities since 1989.

Dillon Draper worked in our central office from April 2012 until June 13, 2014, starting as an Assistant and working up to a Project Specialist. He has provided administrative and technical support to our organization that have been important in moving us forward. His specific responsibilities have included:

  • Handling the complex process of submitting grant applications
  • Registering students for workshops and answering questions
  • Registering with online sources and creating graphics for our marketing and fundraising
  • Preparing layout and sending of our e-newsletters on Constant Contact
  • Helping with research for our transition to Get Response
  • Helping with the posting of blogs, articles, workshop schedules and website updates
  • Assisting with several new publications, through InDesign and CreateSpace
  • Helping with researching for improvements to our Google AdWords and Google Analytics
  • Updating our computers and our backups
  • Installing software and finding solutions to software problems
  • Negotiating with vendors to solve problems and to replace office equipment under warranty
  • Recommending new office equipment to improve our office efficiency
  • Installing office equipment
  • Training interns in office tasks

Dillon works hard and cares deeply about doing a good job. He takes feedback extremely well and is committed to solving any problems and resolving any concerns.

He has managed his transition of leaving his job in a way that has been very supportive to Kidpower, including giving us plenty of notice so we could find someone to fill his position, training other office staff in his responsibilities, updating procedures, and creating new training documents that will help our office keep functioning smoothly going forward.

Dillon’s warm, caring personality leaves people feeling comfortable and very positive about Kidpower.

We have enjoyed having Dillon working here and wish him great success in his web design business and future plans.

Irene van der Zande

Tel: (800) 467-6997 Ext.6#
Email: irene@kidpower.org
Executive Director and Founder
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International
P.O. Box 1212
Santa Cruz, CA

Vice Mayor of Santa CruzDon Lane

"It is my pleasure to write on behalf of Dillon Draper as an applicant to your program or company.

I got to know Dillon in a tutorial/class I co-taught at UC Santa Cruz earlier this year called Project Homeless Connect. The class combined service learning activities with academic work in sociology and other social sciences—all focused on the vexing social problem of homelessness.

Dillon excelled in both the academic and service activities in the class. His final paper on an innovative idea for improving a local homeless program was among the best in the class. And his participation in class discussions was very strong.

I worked directly with Dillon on his service learning activities and had a chance to see beyond his academic abilities. He accomplished a variety of tasks related to outreach for the Project Homeless Connect event held in downtown Santa Cruz in March. He works with real commitment on social issues and brings real talent in terms of using the latest technologies to address these issues. He is sharp, articulate and reliable.

I believe your program or company will benefit from Dillon’s participation as much as Dillon will benefit from your program.

I very much hope you will find a place for him in your program or company.

Don Lane

Tel: (831) 420-5022
Email: dlane@cityofsantacruz.com
Vice Mayor
City of Santa Cruz
809 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA

AP Language & Composition TeacherKaren Aase

"When I think of Dillon Draper, I imagine him in an attitude of earnest concentration, formulating a critical question, parsing the finer points of a text or topic, or reflecting on the social problem inherent within a cause. Possessing an intuitive and analytical nature, Dillon was always eager to stimulate discussion toward deeper investigation and insight. Polite and sensitive to others, he was nevertheless always a deeply engaged in learning and in expressing his own ideas–so refreshing in comparison to those who lean on borrowed ideas.

Tenacious and irrepressible, Dillon was the sort of student who would raise questions and risk unknown territory, helping to create a class dynamic of inquiry in both my ninth grade honors English class and my eleventh grade AP Language and Composition class, where he passed the AP exam. Sensitive to the nuance and deeper implications of text, Dillon excelled at interpreting the stylistic and rhetorical impact of language on meaning. A strong writer, Dillon was an even stronger orator. He especially enjoyed the opportunity to research and engage in debate, probably because he cares passionately about ethics, principles, and the means by which they may be manifested or abused in our world. An intense personality, Dillon paradoxically might be described as low key. His sense of humor and good will super-ceded self-interest, and he functioned rather like a back-stage manager who operates purposefully and productively, without calling special attention to himself. Though he loved debate, he was open to divergent opinions and multiple interpretations, willing to stretch. He was also quite earnest about refining his work, and was quick to apply suggestions for revision and editing, committed to re-drafting as long as it took to improve and perfect his work.

On-stage, Dillon is completely in his comfort zone. He has performed in musicals and dramas throughout his high school career, last year (2008) landing a major acting and singing role in Les Miserable. Dillon loves the stage: he has committed tremendous time and energy and rightfully earned acclaim for his talents. Even so, he seems to be a well-balanced individual who has time for friends, family and fun, all the while balancing a rigorous academic load at school.

Our educational system thrives because of earnest students like Dillon Draper who devote themselves to personal growth and public service. I urge you to admit Dillon to your program and support him in his future endeavors; he will certainly contribute much to our society."

Karen Aase

Email: laase@meadowcrk.comShasta High School
(Retired) AP Language & Composition Teacher

Technical Area ManagerOfer Niv

"Dillon Draper has worked as a high school summer intern in my department from 6/08 – 8/08. The work has been performed in Chandler Arizona.

Dillon has been great to work with. He has jumped into work as soon as he came on board and has been a quick learner. He took online teller training to familiarize himself with the application. He has been asked to analyze some data based on tellers’ survey in order to identify areas of opportunity for technology improvements. I was impressed with the fact that although Dillon did not have branch experience as a teller and was not familiar with the technical aspects of the application, he was quick to glimpse some important observations that I later used in a presentation to my whole team.

I like his optimism and can-do attitude. I sometimes see interns that expect others to teach them every step of the way. They were not very productive in our over-busy environment where people simply don’t have the time to do a lot of one on one training. Dillon, on the other hand, quickly identified contacts he needed to get his assignments done. He was quick to grasp the use of office tools. He was already familiar with Outlook, Power Point, Word, etc. and made good use of them.

He was self-motivated and accountable. He was friendly and productive. I highly recommend him to any of your programs based on my experience with his work and his character.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact me."

Tel: 480-724-4261
Email: nivo@wellsfargo.com
Wells Fargo Bank
Service Teller Department



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A summary of my qualifying traits:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Quick to grasp new concepts; an efficient leader or teacher
  • Self-Motivated, punctual, hard-working, intelligent
  • Personable, eloquent and an enthusiastic people person
  • Comedic, energetic, and confident
  • Comfortable working alone or as part of a team


My objective when starting a working relationship with a client is to provide a simple solution to a web presence that is cost-efficient and has the ability to scale as a project or company grows. Often I will meet with client several times before starting the website to analyze what content they have available now and what the 'big picture' for the site is. After the final product has been implemented, it is my goal to instruct the client on how to manage their new website, or provide them a schedule by which I can perform maintenance.


In my free time I am often working on fixing up my home in Santa Cruz, CA. I love to create and modify my existence to be as low-impact as possible. It is for this reason that I have chosen to pursue the homestead lifestyle. I currently have 7 chickens and 3 ducks, and I am ever-expanding my gardening capabilities. I also have a passion for music and love to try new culinary ideas and projects.

My other interests include:

  • Swimming, cycling, and hiking
  • Scuba Diving, Wakeboarding, and Snowboarding
  • Live music and Performance/Theatre Arts
  • Tinkering with electronic mediums and design
  • Cooking, brewing, and fermenting
  • Books and Films of the SciFi and Fantasy genres

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