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Hi, I’m Michail Yasonik: accessibility advocate and frontend engineer with a business degree

Work experience timeline

  1. Staff Software Engineer, Accessibility at Airbnb

    Rep to W3C’s ARIA working group

    • Lead WCAG 2.1 adoption across disciplines and product teams focusing on speed to adoption for low hanging fruit and internationalized compliance testing
    • Rebuilt accessibility training focusing on practical guidance for 300+ engineers and bi-weekly bootcamp
    • Unblocked axe-core upgrade catching 1000+ new issues and reducing flakiness in ~1600 component tests
    • Facilitated user research of motion preferences to develop product strategy and launch settings on web


  2. Staff Accessibility Engineer at SerivceNow

    Web Platform Accessibility team lead & rep to W3C's Accessibility Guidelines and ARIA working groups

    • Lead multi-pronged efforts in accessibility automation at scale (a11y testing in CI, AOM snapshot testing, persona-based rules) across multiple teams
    • Designed flexible and robust components and visualizations that can be deployed by teams without oversight with reasonable accessibility certainty
    • Integrated accessibility into the SDLC across Product, Design, QE, and Content


  3. Senior Engineer at Elastic

    Accessibility lead focusing on Kibana and the design system

    • Upskilled design and eng orgs with trainings, fostering champions, and self-serve resources
    • Defined and developed complex components to meet WCAG guidelines and ARIA specs
    • Trained others in screen reader testing (NVDA, JAWS, VoiceOver) and lead ACR/VPAT initiatives


  4. Senior UI Engineer ⅠⅠ at CrowdStrike

    • UX tech lead of parallel, quarterly major initiatives, completing: UI architecture, scoping and estimating, creating timelines, prioritizing tickets, and team mentorship
    • Fostered strong cross‐team communication and technical ownership in small teams of UI engineers, leading the team to achieve their quarterly goals
    • Guided technical direction of broader UI team with heavy emphasis on scaling (from 10 to 30+ engineers), accessibility, and component design
    • Evolved interview process to reflect modern web development and reduce unconscious bias


  5. Senior UI Engineer at LinkedIn

    Previously, UI Engineer

    • Co-tech lead of a team of ~20 engineers
    • Reduced support case volume 25% by migrating a legacy project to a new architecture, normalizing disparate APIs, and fixing user flows for common tasks
    • Helped teams deliver on-time by hopping onto at-risk projects
    • Set standards for new projects, including: full test coverage, BEM, and style documentation and a mock server (reclaiming ~12 developer-weeks in Q4 2016)
    • Organized and lead Ember office hours and moderated mob code reviews to help elevate teammates’ development skills


  6. Frontend Web Developer at Mindstream Interactive

    • Built responsive sites, ranging: simple, static pages; large, ecommerce sites; and complex web apps
    • Created a standardized boilerplate, minimizing developer startup costs for each new initiative
    • Spearheaded modern workflows to save developer time and improve maintainability for long standing projects
    • Developed an HTML email builder cutting development time by 80%


  7. Webmaster at Rochester Institute of Technology, Department of Access Service

    • Managed development process and client requests, while presenting to outside stakeholders
    • Created a website, including: a blog, event registration system, private document sharing and a resource checkout library


  8. Software Development & Web Experience Intern at Progressive Insurance

    • Wrote a REST API and a responsive UI following test-driven development (TDD) for an internal tool
    • Maintained Progressive’s homepage

  9. Student at Rochester Institute of Technology

    • B.S. in Management Information Systems
    • Minor in Computer Science
    • GPA: 3.2