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Brandon Trumfio

These days I spend most of my time developing websites; but as a career changer, I used to spend my days working as a professional makeup artist. This has provided me with a unique combination of development capabilities, graphic design know-how, art sensibilities, and interpersonal communication skills that set me apart. When was the last time you met a makeup artist turned developer?


Lead Front End Developer -
Kym Abrams Design

June 2017 - Present
  • Developed for Adler University's new online alumni community; created a custom WordPress theme utilizing PHP, CSS3, and jQuery.
  • Built, Chicago Foundation for Women's 2017 digital annual report, by customizing a WordPress theme; client indicated increased donor engagement.
  • Responsible for full development project management including working with clients to set schedules, presenting progress reports and addressing change requests -- all resulting in on-time, in-scope project deliveries and continued client engagement.


User Interface Developer -
Thirdwave LLC

May 2014 - May 2017
  • Lead developer on for Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law's 50th anniversary. Drupal was utilized as the CMS and the client's CRM, CiviCRM, was integrated and styled. A blog, event pages, and social media feeds were also created within the successful site.
  • Created a flat HTML site,, based on design specs, using Javascript among other tools; resulted in a custom, pixel-perfect site for the client.
  • Developed and designed the current site, took advantage of current HTML5 standards and applied a SASS framework for workflow optimization. Analytics showed increase in unique site visitors and the length of time users spent on site.
  • Lead developer for and a separate internal resource repository site for nurses. Both were created on WordPress using a unique custom theme based on original designs. External site brought elevated visibility to the nonprofit, while the internal helped day-to-day operations for staff by providing an easy to use online resource.
  • Brought the static site,, up to date. Translated original site to mobile, removing Flash, and designing a fluidly responsive experience. EDE noted elevated user engagement on both mobile, tablet, and desktop devices.
  • Re-designed the interface and site for The HistoryMakers video archives. Brought site up to current web standards and increased accessibility for all users; resulted in a better user experience and increased user engagement.
  • Developed custom and templated HTML emails utilizing client designated email marketing software such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, Blackbaud, and MyEmma.


Freelance Web Developer & Graphic Designer -

August 2012 - May 2014
  • Worked with various clients to produce print, digital, and programmatic design solutions utilizing industry standard tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Sketch.

Professional Makeup Artist -
Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Orlando

August 2000 - October 2012
  • Operated as an independent business owner, performed makeup services for print, film, television, private clients, taught makeup classes, art directed, and produced photo shoots.
  • Four years with MAC Cosmetics, helped manage the business, sales goals, inventory, scheduling, and oversaw six employees.
  • More information about my makeup career can be found at

Community Involvement

Chicago Gay Men's Chorus -
Marketing Chair, 2014 - 2017

  • Developed & designed and
  • Responsible for art direction and general oversight of all marketing materials, social media campaigns, budgets, and CGMC brand execution.
  • Managed a team of volunteers to execute marketing plan.
  • Received Outstanding Service Award, 2017

Flashes of Hope -
Volunteer, 2012 - 2017

Dining Out for Life -
Volunteer, 2011

Broadway Youth Center (BYC) -
Volunteer, 2011


B.A. - DePaul University -
Chicago, IL

  • User Interface Development & Graphic Design, Cumulative GPA - 4.0

Marinello Schools of Beauty -
Los Angeles, CA

  • Esthetician Licensure Program

Make-up Designory -
Burbank, CA

  • Journeyman Make-up Artistry Program