Farnoosh Johnson

Farnoosh Johnson

Associate Director, Drupal Development at Urban Institute

Farnoosh Johnson is an Associate Director of Drupal Development in the Technology and Data Science department at the Urban Institute. A devoted advocate of open-source technology, Farnoosh's expertise in technical problem-solving and her unwavering passion for Drupal have played a major role in her success in the industry.

At the Urban Institute, Farnoosh is responsible for managing and supervising all Drupal projects, ensuring they are well-maintained, secure, and in compliance with industry best practices. As an Associate Director, she is also responsible for guiding her skilled web development team to collaborate effectively with external developers while adhering to the highest standards of excellence.

A real enthusiast for documentation, Farnoosh contributes significantly to the Urban Institute's internal documentation and knowledge base. Additionally, she maintains and enhances the organization's front-end systems and is primarily responsible for the continuous integration and deployment of all Drupal projects.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Farnoosh is an active contributor and maintainer of Drupal modules in the larger Drupal community. Through her work, she continually strives to make a positive impact and champion the spirit of open-source collaboration.

Urban.org: Urban Institute: 24 research websites, one platform, three-person team

Urban.org is one of the dozens of Drupal-based websites that we will be showing during this showcase. All three Drupal developers will be talking through the hosting, security, and funding that it takes to keep not-for-profit websites running. We’ll delve into what it’s like working with Researchers, Writers, Funders, and many other stakeholders. We’ll touch on how we create a five-year umbrella agreement every five years to maintain a high standard of due diligence on dozens of new projects. We’ll reveal statistics about how many Drupal 9 sites we have and how many (gasp) Drupal 7 sites haven’t made the jump quite yet. We will hopefully have time to squeeze in a story or two about how we can archive/make a Drupal site static with one command and deploy to AWS with CircleCI. Finally, we’ll dive into the challenges faced by an internal Drupal team where we deal with constant maintenance requests, countless stakeholder emails, and lots of upgrading. Do we have all the answers? Of course not, but we do have a lot of stories.

Urban.org is the premier publishing platform for the Urban Institute and handles 16,000 research-based articles and publications, as well as thousands of project pages and hundreds of topical landing pages. Our solr index runs on the “free” Pantheon Solr 8 instance and has over 48,000 index entries. Urban.org migrated from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 in early 2022. This is just one website, and we have others!

DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023 Sessionize Event

June 2023 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Farnoosh Johnson

Associate Director, Drupal Development at Urban Institute

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