DDD Europe 2024 - Jennifer (JD) Carlston

Jennifer (JD) Carlston


Jennifer D. "JD" Carlston (she/they) is a visionary in the realm of software architecture and engineering. Her journey commenced at a young age at a local telco, where her expertise in IP systems laid the foundation for her ascent in the technology sector.

Her role has evolved significantly in FinTech and EdTech from Reuters and Merrick Bank to Pluralsight and Stack Overflow, where she leads teams to transition from on-premises to cloud infrastructures and works to implement lean agile methodologies, data delivery, and system integrations. She has led distributed teams of architects and engineers to deliver cutting-edge cloud technologies with platforms like event-driven serverless compute and Kubernetes architectures. Her leadership extends beyond team management, helping to coordinate cross-functional teams worldwide and liaising directly with board members and C-suite executives to drive key technical initiatives.

JD's passion for knowledge sharing and mentorship is evident in her commitment to teaching coding and system engineering practices, not just within her teams but also across the broader engineering community. Her efforts in improving decision-making processes, streamlining lean agile practices, and enhancing system and data architecture have helped push practices and the effective delivery of value forward.

In January 2024, JD joined Design Cycle Solutions (IoRX) as their Chief A.I. Architect, working with the founders and executives make their dream of revolutionizing the fashion industry and fit technologies from the ground up a reality.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, JD is an active participant in the tech and artistic communities with diverse interests and a commitment to giving back to the community.