kathleen-vignos-2019-square-300x300Hi, I’m Kathleen Vignos. My “day job” is automating and modernizing on-prem and public cloud infrastructure at Twitter scale. My “side hustle” is developing Twitter’s engineering manager training, hiring, and promotion programs. And my “secret ingredient” is my expertise in facilitation and negotiation. I don’t shy away from tough problems. 

At Twitter, I’m a Director in Platform Engineering and lead our infrastructure automation group. I have also lead Twitter’s internal engineering manager training program since 2018. Previously, I was lucky enough to be Director of Engineering at Wired where I was proud to build the team who scaled the website to 1 billion page views a year. Over 20+ years I’ve worked at two startups (founded one), taught business software programming at the university level, won two hackathons, and developed dozens of websites. Other experiences include everything from being on call as a COBOL programmer for Y2K to modifying a React app for a hack week project. I regularly coach engineering managers and female engineers on confidence and leadership. I obtained BS and MS engineering degrees from UCLA and Michigan and I serve San Francisco Bay Area youth as a board member for local non-profit, New Door Ventures.



  • Top 3 People’s Choice: Twitter 2021 Hack Week, “Simplify to Scale” (March 2021, promotion tool redesign)
  • Twitter Bot using the Twitter API (September 2017, node.js)
  • Participant: Twitter Hack Week 2016 (programming in React)
  • FIRST PLACE: Conde Nast “Built While Flying” Hackathon 2016.  22 teams, 200 participants. Project: Automated SEO Validator for Publishing




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