Matthew Tift

Lead Engineer
Minneapolis, MN

Matthew’s Expertise

  • PHP
  • Drupal
  • Free Software

Dr. Matthew Tift is a lead engineer at Lullabot and the host of Hacking Culture, a show exploring practices and technologies that contribute to well-being. He has been writing and presenting regularly at academic and professional conferences for two decades.

An active member of the Drupal community, Matthew is a Drupal 8 configuration system co-maintainer, organizer of the Twin Cities DrupalCamp since 2011, and Drupal core contributor since 2010. He helped port multiple key public media Drupal modules to Drupal 8, including the NPR and PBS Media Manager modules, and helped organize the effort for Olivero, the new theme for Drupal 9.

Matthew started playing violin at age 5 and learned to code (in BASIC) at age 8. For his undergraduate senior recital in 1998, he performed Steve Reich's Violin Phase with his violin and computer. He started building websites professionally in 1999 and earned a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007.

Matthew has a passion for education and mentorship, and he regularly speaks and keynotes at Drupal conferences, including numerous DrupalCons, Twin Cities Drupal Camp, BADCamp, NYC Camp, DrupalCamp Colorado (keynote), and DrupalCamp Wisconsin (keynote). He has taught music at the University of Iowa, Bemidji State University, and Aspen Country Day School. He is a yoga teacher, guides meditation groups in prisons, and he teaches coding with free software to K-12 students in his local community.

Matthew lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys cycling, meditation, yoga, and playing string quartets with his wife (viola) and two daughters (cello and violin).

Drupal contributions:

Projects worked on at Lullabot: 

  • Accelerated Mobile Pages (Google)
  • American Booksellers Association
  • Ames Laboratory
  • Evergreen State College
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • National Association of Music Merchants
  • NBC Universal (Bravo)
  • New York University
  • NewsBank

Key accomplishments: 

  • Helped organize multiple Drupal core initiatives, including CMI (the Drupal 8 Configuration Management Initiative) and Olivero (the new Drupal 8 front-end theme).
  • Led the initial development of the AMP module for Drupal and helped promote it on Google’s AMP blog.
  • Ported multiple key public media Drupal modules to Drupal 8, including the NPR and PBS Media Manager modules.
  • At Wisconsin Public Radio, helped organize the first radio broadcast in history where radio listeners could follow the digital score of a musical work online as it was broadcast over the airwaves.


  • Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Did you know?

Matthew has attended every North American DrupalCon since 2010.