From 2014-2016 , I served as the first Senior Advisor for Making at the White House, where I helped develop President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, to broaden access to the Maker Movement. This included planning the first-ever White House Maker Faire and the National Week of Making.
As Senior Advisor for Making, I worked closely with federal agencies, mayors, maker spaces, libraries, museums, companies, foundations, universities and K-12 schools, creating more opportunities for individuals to engage in community based problem solving, fostering entrepreneurship, expanding local manufacturing and broadening access to hands-on, real-world learning for students.
Since then, I have been a Program Fellow at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation where I helped the foundation ramp up the first year of the Moore Inventor Fellows program, a ten-year, $34 million program aimed at supporting early-career innovators with promising inventions addressing pressing issues in science, environmental conservation and patient care. I have also worked as an advisor to Infosys Foundation USA to develop initiatives to support individuals with innovative solutions to challenging problems and create more opportunities for students to engage in making. I am a co-organizer of the Makers for Global Good Summit and a founding Board Member of Nation of Makers, a national non-profit focused on supporting more than 350 maker spaces and maker organizations. I'm also on the advisory council for California Community Colleges CCC Maker initiative.
I'm currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Science at Cornell University and continuing to work with the Maker community here in the U.S. and internationally.
As a Maker, I am an avid sewer, have been experimenting with wearable electronics and tinker with 3D printing.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org