Website Host & Developer

Nick Ray

Nick has worked with CMSI in varying capacities since 2011. As an AU graduate student, he built the first mobile app for the Media That Matters conference held in DC, in 2012. He designed and now maintains the current CMSI website.

He is an open-source advocate, WordPress developer, and software architect. He has worked in several forms of digital media production, from crafting student-narrated webisodes in Belgium & France for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, to creating mobile apps for the Inter-American Development Bank and University Film & Video Association, to providing web infrastructure and services for national nonprofits and political sites.

Working with Wide Eye Creative of DC, he helped maintain the 2016 Democratic National Convention website and directed hosting infrastructure for the 2019 presidential campaign website for Vice President Kamala Harris.

In collaboration with Spark Media of DC, he is currently Technology Director for, a web and mobile platform that allows students, educators and other creators to remix games for their own education and expression, supported through two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The prototype game for this plugin explores the life of George Bridgetower, an Afro-European violin prodigy who worked with Beethoven but has been largely obscured by history.

Previously Nick worked with Spark Media on Anne & Emmett, a web-based game designed to foster empathy and respect for diversity by presenting players with scenarios and choices similar to what “the other” may have faced at different points in history, through early moments in the lives of Anne Frank & Emmett Till.

Working with Brigid Maher of AU, he built a proof-of-concept titled A Mosque of Her Own, a spatial exploration of the Wangjia Hutong Women’s Mosque in Kaifeng, China, which enriches the space with relevant content.

He continues to explore ways emerging digital technology can educate, empower and improve lives on both sides of the digital divide.

In addition to these pursuits, Nick serves as an adjunct instructor for American University, where he teaches web development.

He can be reached by emailing nick [at] shine [dot] io