I am Tarek Anandan, a freelance website development consultant — information architect, designer, and developer — based in Washington, DC. From concept to launch, I work with nonprofit and socially-focused organizations — think tanks, advocacy groups, foundations, and government agencies — as well as artists and creative individuals to develop great websites and web applications.
Turning your ideas into detailed requirements documents with technical specifications that designers and developers can use to make your project a reality. If that dream house requires a larger team to build it, we'll write up the Request for Proposal (RFP) — geek-speak included — and provide the expertise to help vet and choose the right vendor.
Blueprints (sitemaps, wireframes) and working models (prototypes) to form your information architecture. Colorful design tiles and pixel-pretty custom mock-ups, as well as branding support when needed.
I serve as a remote, part-time webmaster and developer for several organizations. In other cases, I complement organizations' internal staff by offering an extra set of hands and/or specialized expertise in areas such as analytics, performance testing and speed enhancements, and search engine optimization.
I have worked in the web technologies field since 1999. My academic training, however, is in economics and public policy. As a result, I offer a combination of technology expertise and substantive knowledge about a variety of public policy and social issues, providing a unique service to nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, think tanks, and foundations that have missions focused on improving society.
Throughout my career I have maintained a close connection to the nonprofit and social sectors. I previously served in an executive leadership role for a federally-funded, national technical assistance center; was a founding Board Member and treasurer of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Washington DC (YNPNdc); served on the Alumni Board of Governors of the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and worked with the American Institutes for Research for 10 years, a nonprofit social science and behavioral research organization.