Joel Hawksley

Joel Hawksley and dog Captain at Davidson Mesa in Louisville, Colorado


My name is Joel, and I live in Louisville, Colorado with my wife Caitlin and our Golden Retriever, Captain.


I work at GitHub on the Design Systems team, leading development of the ViewComponent framework and Primer ViewComponents library.

I’ve previously worked at Galvanize, Wunder Capital, and MojoTech.

I owe my career to Aaron Snyder, who took me as his apprentice and taught me the art and science of software engineering.


I am a firm believer in the power of peer mentoring. In addition to being a Big Brother, I regularly support several aspiring engineers in their pursuit of a career in software.


My formal education is in photojournalism.

Prior to my career in software, I worked as a photographer at several newspapers including The Roanoke Times and The Seattle Times, specializing in sports coverage.

Today, my freelance clients include The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. I focus on travel and nature in my personal work.


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