Justin Herrera

Senior Web Developer


Over a decade of web development experience with a focus on customizable, maintainable and performant front and back-end solutions. I've worked with smaller to medium-sized teams developing a variety of web apps and websites in both agency and enterprise environments.


Contractor / Freelance  -  Senior Web Developer 2008–Present

  • Supported continued development of front-end frameworks using valid HTML5 and CSS3.

Verndale  -  Senior Frontend Engineer 09/2021–01/2022

  • Created both custom and library-based modules utilizing React and TypeScript.
  • Ensured complex features were cross-browser and mobile friendly.

Aware Web  -  Senior Web Developer 10/2013–03/2019

  • Implemented a FED process that covered design, development, hand-off and project management patterns.
  • Developed a multitude of highly customize-able plugins used on multiple projects.
  • Consistently produced well-documented, efficient and light-weight code to internal and external teams.
  • Participated in user experience discussions on how to best guide user interactions.
  • Created custom CSS / JS animations and interactions to improve the look and feel of websites.
  • Maintained, nurtured and matured client relationships that spanned multiple years and projects.
  • Helped coordinate team members across projects to improve project efficiency.
  • Mentored, taught and helped team members on web standards, best practices and implementation problems.
  • Managed multiple clients and projects while maintaining varying timelines.

Capella University  -  Web Developer 09/2012–04/2013

  • Maintained JSP portlets utilizing JavaScript and jQuery best practices.
  • Created features using dynamic data and optimized performance for high-traffic site.
  • Coordinated with team on progress to address and prioritize road blocks or potential problems.

Azul 7  -  Web Developer 04/2011–08/2012

  • Developed custom themes and features for WordPress sites.
  • Built a design presentation tool to ease communications between team and client.
  • Supported outside developers with optimized interfaces to implement in .NET.

Salt Creative (Formerly: ASI Communications)  -  Interactive Developer 03/2009–03/2011

  • Decreased site-load times and optimized search engine scores on multiple websites.
  • Worked effectively and expressed ideas with team to provide high quality client service.


  • HTML5 / CSS3
  • JavaScript / jQuery
  • PHP / MySQL / OOP
  • Responsive / SEO
  • UX / Accessibility
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • WordPress

Education & Achievements

The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Science Degree in Web Design & Interactive Media
Best of Show Web Design & Interactive Media
Honors and Dean’s List Recipient

Oct. '05–Dec. '08
GPA 3.7