Chris Whitten

Solutions Architect


I am an experienced Software Engineer, entrepreneur and tinkerer with a love for working with people and anything data related (especially if its solving real world problems). With over 18 years experience in the IT field and starting seven of my own companies, I have had the pleasure of working at both small and large companies alike. I am truly passionate in the work I do and always strive to learn as much as I can. I love to share my knowledge and experiences with would-be Engineers and Entrepreneurs and find I have something to learn from them as well.

For many years I have been a back-end systems architect and engineer, fond of and using the LAMP stack throughout most of it. I have helped private, public and government entities to be more efficient and utilize new tools more effectively. Especially lately when it comes to the Atlassian tool suite.


I love to be out in the wild and exploring new trails. Whether its hiking or in a souped up 4x4, I love the outdoors and seeing something new. I also have a deep passion for business and technology, and finding new ways the combination of the two can make the world a better place.


University of Washington - Bachelor's degree in Computer Software Systems (CSS) - Graduated in June 2002

What was your first Job?

When I was in 6th grade, I got my first summer job cleaning up after and shoveling Alpaca poop. Hard job but it taught me a lot. My first software job was working at a computer security company writing desktop security applications.

What do you like about 540?

First off, best motto I have ever seen: "Get shit done". I really love the personalities and attitudes of everyone here. Work hard and have fun doing it. Plus, how can you not appreciate making the Government better?

What do you do in your spare time?

Spend time with family and take the dogs on trails. I have a habit of playing with new technologies and coming up with small projects to learn them.

3 Fun Facts

  1. Worked at the boyscout camp Parsons in Washington State for many years. Still know the slogan, motto, etc.
  2. Once wrote a dissassembler in assembly (Motorola 68000).
  3. I used to be able to recite up to 150 decimals of PI from memory.