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Morgan Lesko's Resume


Resource Innovation Institute
Software Engineer
Portland, OR
October 2017 - Present
  • Developing and maintaining the web-based software used to gather data, present, and analyze Cannabis PowerScores. As of early 2023, 240 completed scores are being analyzed to identify best practices for resource efficiency.
  • Providing user support for growers before, during, and after calculating their PowerScore. Frequently integrating user and stakeholder feedback into over 180 survey questions, the calculations, and expert analysis.
Flex Your Rights
Open Police Complaints Co-Creator
Silver Spring, MD
April 2015 - Present
  • Developing and maintaining to support victims of police misconduct. With up to 300 survey questions, this highly transparent DNA of a police incident will inform communities and police oversight professionals.
  • Developing tools to manage complaints and volunteers who crowd-source research on police departments' policies. As of late-2021, the software has collected over 6,000 police complaints, processing and publishing over 500 so far.
Co-Creator, Software Engineer
Black Rock City, NV
2011 - 2022
  • Full application development, testing, and all upkeep of the popular Facebook app. Over 20,000 Burning Man participants use each summer, cumulatively almost 100,000 unique burners since 2011.
Rescue Social Change Group
Director of Web Development
San Diego, CA
2006 – 2013
  • Built and directed web-based software for youth activism management. "Helix" was used by non-profit organizations and local government funded social health campaigns to manage thousands of active young citizens across the country.
  • Managed a small team of programmers for ongoing development of Helix and other long-term deliverables.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Volunteer Webmaster
Washington, DC
2006 – 2010
  • Implemented my own web site content management system (CMS, like WordPress) which ran for three years. Software development began in 2002 using PHP and MySQL to dynamically generate HTML, JS, CSS web sites.
Almanac Software & Consulting
Information Technician
Rockville, MD
1998 – 2003
  • Ran wires and maintained computer networks for small organizations and municipalities ranging from six to 70 employees, as well as provided general IT support for Windows machines and most popular software packages.
  • Coded in Cold Fusion for an online content management application (CMS), and gained extensive experience with desktop computer hardware assembly.


University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Dec 2005
  • Computer Science, B.S. with concentration in Mathematics
  • "Business Entrepreneurship Citation" from the Robert H. Smith School of Business

Additional Information

Fluent In:
Laravel, PHP, MySQL, HTML5, jQuery, JavaScript, CSS, Java, C#, Plesk, Ubuntu

After Effects & HitFilm hobbyist, decent with both raster image manipulation and vector graphics

The "Morgan Lesko Online Activism Award" has been awarded by Students for Sensible Drug Policy since 2011