Ari Chivukula



I live at the intersection of art, law, and tech. I'm a Digital Service Expert at the Pentagon modernizing cyber warfare and policy. I'm a law student shaping the future of self-advocacy. I'm a Co-Founder of the porn production company Queer Church where I write, direct, and act.



Queer Church

The Sword | Writer, Director, and Actor | Pre-Production

The inescapable feeling of paranoia from past trauma and constant-connectedness.

Pizza Roles | Writer, Director, and Actor | August 2017

Inspired by my experience in the corporate diversity cult of glossy marketing photographs; recently accepted into Dan Savage's HUMP film festival.

You've Got Tail | Executive Producer and Actor | September 2016

An erotic short touring internationally, most recently at Frameline (largest queer film festival in the world).

Co-Founded | Chief Operating Officer | September 2016 - Present

Danny Tayara and I co-own this queer porn production house.


Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Executive Director | Interim | February 2018 - May 2018

I'm people managing the staff until our search has concluded.

Board of Directors | Director | January 2017 – May 2018

I support and develop Seattle's preeminent queer film organization.

Screening Committee | Member | January 2016 – May 2018

I evaluate films for the TWIST and Translations film festivals.



Pylon II | Technical Designer | 100 hrs total | October 2016

I designed the system that coordinated the visuals across multiple surfaces with the dance for this performance.


Lion's Main Art Collective

Othello Quartz Festival | Organizer | July 2016

Community art festival in South Seattle funded by 'Arts in The Park' grant from the city. I helped plan the layout and screen artist applicants.

Erasure | Video DJ | November 2015

I collaborated on decay-rebirth themed visuals synced to live music.

Gay City Open Mic | Host | October 2015, January 2016

I facilitated an open mic with Gay City (an STD testing non-profit that also hosts art shows) to make a space for new queer/trans voices.

QTONE | Program Director | September 2015

Shorts festival focused on queer filmmakers of color. We screened to 200 people and were picked up by Three Dollar Bill Cinema's TWIST festival.

Established Board | Operations Coordinator | June 2015 – July 2016

I assisted in drafting the constitution and bylaws for this Seattle queer/trans arts organization. In my tenure on the board I dealt with logistical issues including banking, taxes, and outreach.



Human Rights Center

Principal Engineer  | May 2018 – Present

System administrator, security architect, and tool developer for open source human rights investigations.


Judicial Council Of California

Technical Product Manager  | May 2018 – Present

Directing development of toolchains for digital self-representation.

Berkeley Law School

J.D. Law & Technology  | August 2018 – Present

Focusing on cyber security/warfare policy.




Principal Engineer |  March 2017 – March 2019

Backend architect for a system that alerts you via SMS when your safe is opened.


Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Pro bono Technical Consultant |  July 2017 – December 2017

I'm automating legal procedures and services to increase capacity.



Software Engineer |  July 2013 – March 2017

I focused on user safety through improvements to the malicious-website detector, in the design of the OculusVR multiplayer platform, and by expanding user expression through custom gender. I was promoted from junior level engineer (E3) to senior (E5) within my first 2 years.

Seattle Diversity Coordinator |  January 2015 – April 2016

I founded this volunteer position to advocate for underrepresented groups in technology by organizing social, recruitment, and educational events.

Software Engineer Intern | May 2012 – August 2012

Thanks to my work, users save one second per link click.


The NW Network of LGBT Survivors of Abuse

Pro bono Technical Consultant | November 2015 – February 2016

I secured and re-designed their website.


University of Michigan

B.S.E. Computer Science | August 2009 – May 2013

Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant | May 2011 – May 2013

I chased down botnets for Professor Michael Bailey using ISP data in the Network and Security Research Group.

Instructional Assistant for EECS 280 | May 2011 – December 2011

I taught a discussion section and helped write exams for a class of ~250.

Software Developer | September 2009 - April 2011

I developed an in-class quiz system that worked via txt message and website.