Sikes Joins Office of Digital Innovation as Full-Stack Developer

Kristin “Chach” Sikes has a deep background in engineering, development and architecture. She lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Kristin “Chach” Sikes, 46, of Los Angeles has been appointed senior engineer in the state Office of Digital Innovation (ODI), where she has served as full-stack web developer since 2020.

ODI is part of the state Government Operations Agency, which is responsible for administering state operations including procurement, information technology and human resources. Among her responsibilities with ODI, according to her LinkedIn profile, is to “create code and architect systems to make covid19.ca.gov properties perform better.”

Sikes was lead engineer for the Marketing Department at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2017 to 2020, and before that she was lead architect and web engineer with TokenIQ from 2018 to 2019. Sikes was a software engineer at MapLight from 2015 to 2017, and before that she was front-end engineer and vice president of engineering with Civic Insight from 2013 to 2015. Sikes was lead engineer at Mukurtu Center for Digital Archeology from 2011 to 2013; a fellow at Code for America in 2011; a web developer at Quilted in 2010; a multimedia developer at the Science Museum of Minnesota from 2007 to 2009; and a multimedia specialist at the Exploratorium from 2004 to 2007.

Sikes is a member of the Aroma Discord and Nerds for Nature. This position does not require Senate confirmation, and the compensation is $147,576.
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