Maker Education Initiative


Maker Ed’s mission is to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and spark an interest in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, and learning as a whole through making.  We want young people to grow and eventually lead the maker movement.  In our first year, we’ve engaged over 90,000 youth and families in making activities through our successful Maker Corps program. Of the 108 Maker Corps members we trained and placed in 34 youth serving organizations, across nineteen states this summer, 23 have been hired as permanent employees and the majority have remained active mentors in their communities. The Maker Corps members reflect the racial and ethnic demographics of the nation and over 55% are women.  Maker Ed and its partners are developing the next generation of makers as a result of a new workforce for libraries, museums, schools, and community based organizations.

The Maker Education Initiative is a project of the Tides Center, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit public charity.

Founding Sponsors


Cognizant (NASDAQ: CTSH) is a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, dedicated to helping the world’s leading companies build stronger businesses. Headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey (U.S.), Cognizant combines a passion for client satisfaction, technology innovation, deep industry and business process expertise, and a global, collaborative workforce that embodies the future of work. With over 50 delivery centers worldwide and approximately 140,500 employees as of March 31, 2012, Cognizant is a member of the NASDAQ-100, the S&P 500, the Forbes Global 2000, and the Fortune 500 and is ranked among the top performing and fastest growing companies in the world. Visit us online at www.cognizant.com or follow us on Twitter: Cognizant.


Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products, and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world’s first microprocessor in 1971.

Maker Media

Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire.

Pixar Animation Studios

Pixar Animation Studios is an Academy Award ®-winning computer animation studio with the technical, creative and production capabilities to create a new generation of animated feature films, merchandise and other related products. Pixar’s objective is to combine proprietary technology and world-class creative talent to develop computer-animated feature films with memorable characters and heartwarming stories that appeal to audiences of all ages.


Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director

Paloma Garcia-Lopez brings fifteen years experience as an educator, nonprofit manager and development officer to Maker Ed. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Education. In 2002, she coauthored, Learning to Teach For Social Justice, Teachers College Press-Columbia University, with Dr. Linda Darling- Hammond and Jennifer French. Paloma Garcia-Lopez most recently served as director of the Posse Foundation site in Washington, D.C., a national college access and leadership development organization recognized by President Obama and the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Prior to working at Posse, Paloma consulted nonprofit organizations and schools to design programs and secure funding to increase science achievement, college access, and leadership for underrepresented students. Paloma started her career as a high school teacher in the Silicon Valley before entering the nonprofit sector as Associate Executive Director of Future Leaders of America, Inc., an international Latino youth leadership organization.  Email: paloma@MakerEd.org

Steve Davee, Director of Education and Communications

For eight years Steve Davee was the Documentation and Technology Specialist and a Math and a Science Teacher at Opal Public Charter School of the Portland Children’s Museum. Prior to Opal, Steve worked in biomedical research for the University of Arizona and for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. Steve is the founder of CoLab Tinkering, which provides tinkering camps and workshops. He regularly shares the incredible work and capabilities of children through video, photography and presentations.Steve received a BS in Physics from the University of Oregon, and from Oregon State University a BS in Biochemistry/Biophysics and an MS in Biochemistry. Email: steve@MakerEd.org

Lisa Regalla, National Program Director

Lisa Regalla comes to the Maker Education Initiative from Twin Cities Public Television where she was responsible for the educational content presented on television, in person, in print, and on the web as part of the Emmy-Award winning series, SciGirls and DragonflyTV: Nano. As the manager of a national outreach program, she conducted extensive professional development workshops in gender equity and inquiry-based science and engineering for teachers, museum educators, and after-school program leaders, with a commitment to organizations that serve Latino audiences. Prior to joining Twin Cities Public Television, Lisa worked at the Museum of Science, Boston and the Da Vinci Science Center in PA. Lisa received both a BS in Chemistry and a BA in Theater from Lehigh University before pursuing her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Florida. Email: Lisa@MakerEd.org

Rachel Goldman Alper, Director of Strategic Alliances

Rachel Goldman Alper is the Director of Strategic Alliances at the Maker Education Initiative where she works to develop strategy and partnerships and diversify funding streams for the organization. Rachel joins Maker Ed from The Posse Foundation, a National movement that identifies, recruits and trains incredible young leaders from urban public high schools and sends them in Posses to top colleges and universities across the country. At Posse, Rachel was responsible for raising the D.C. budget through foundation, corporate and individual support. Rachel started her career as a 6th grade teacher in the South Bronx with Teach for America. After teaching, Rachel designed standards based K-12 curriculum for ePals, the leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network. She has also worked at DC Public Schools as a Central Office Staffing Specialist. Rachel has her AB from The University of Chicago and her Masters of Science in Teaching from Pace University. Email: Rachel@MakerEd.org

Stephanie Chang, Director of Youth Engagement

Stephanie Chang joins Maker Ed as the Director of Youth Engagement, responsible for the implementation and expansion of youth program models, with particular emphasis on taking Young Makers to scale, studying test-sites for the Open Portfolio Project, and cultivating makerspaces in school and out-of-school time environments. Previously, Stephanie was the Program Developer and School Liaison at Maker Media, where she worked closely with fifteen Bay Area teachers to define and develop maker spaces and making programs in schools. Prior to joining Maker Media, she worked in research and evaluation, designed curriculum, led the science and technology summer program at The Tech Museum in San Jose, and taught environmental and marine science. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from MIT and a Master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University Graduate School of Education. Email: Stephanie@MakerEd.org

Board of Advisors

Maker Education Initiative Board Members

Dale Dougherty (Board Chair)

Dale Dougherty is the CEO of Maker Media based in Sebastopol, CA. He is the founding editor and publisher of MAKE magazine and the co-creator of Maker Faire. Make magazine started in 2005 followed by the first Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006. In 2011, Maker Faire was held in the Bay Area to over 100,000 guests, and also at a smaller scale in Detroit and New York City. Dale was a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Information from 1997-2002. Prior to MAKE, he was the developer of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial website, launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. He was also developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers from 1995-1999. Dale was publisher of the O’Reilly Network and he developed the Hacks series of books. He is passionate about fostering a new generation of ‘makers’ who are creative, innovative, and curious. On February 19, 2012, he was featured on CNN’s “The Next List”and interviewed by Sanjay Gupta at Make headquarters in Sebastopol, CA. On November 3, 2011, the White House recognized Dale as one of the “Champions of Change: Make It In America,” for his work in helping to create high-quality jobs in the United States.

Kipp Bradford

Kipp Bradford is an educator, technology consultant, and entrepreneur with a passion for creating new products as well as finding new applications for existing technologies. He was the founder or cofounder of start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. Kipp co-founded Revolution By Design, Inc, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology and co-organizes Rhode Island’s mini Maker Faire. As the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp teaches several engineering design and entrepreneurship courses. He is the chair of the Rhode Island Entrepreneurship Faculty group and serves on the boards of The Steel Yard and AS220. He is also on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine and is a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University.

Carlos Contreras

Carlos Contreras is the U.S education manager at Intel Corporation. Trained as an engineer, Contreras began his career as process engineer for Procter & Gamble paper products, where he made Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet paper for the West Coast. Following his work at Procter & Gamble, he went to graduate school at the Thunderbird American Graduate School of International Management. This led to work in finance. After working for 10 years in finance at Intel Corporation, he moved to Intel’s Corporate Affairs as a regional education manager. In this capacity, Contreras worked hands-on with others to create and implement programs that improved access to math, science, and technology education. As U.S. education manager for Intel, Contreras develops the Intel U.S. education strategy, working with others to drive education policy change at the national level. He oversees Intel’s education programs in the United States, which include grants to encourage excellence in math, science, and engineering in K–12 as well as higher education and use of technology in the classroom. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s in business from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.

Tony DeRose

Tony DeRose is the Senior Scientist at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a B.S. in Physics in from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1986 to 1995 Dr. DeRose was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar (c) winning short film “Geri’s game”, in 1999 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award, and in 2006 he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award (c) for his work on surface representations. In addition to his research interests, Tony is also involved in a number of initiatives to help make math, science, and engineering education more inspiring and relevant for middle and high school students. Notably, one such initiative is the Young Makers Program that supports youth in building ambitious hands-on projects of their own choosing. His role on the Advisory Board of the Maker Education Initiative is to help in the development of the organization, representing both a funding and service partner.

Mark Greenlaw

Mark Greenlaw is the Vice President of Sustainability & Educational Affairs and former CIO at Cognizant. He is responsible for developing, executing, measuring, and communicating programs that ensure Cognizant is acting in a sustainable and socially responsible manner. Key areas of focus include environmental impact such as carbon emissions, waste, and water consumption, developing new and innovative partnerships with charitable organizations and NGOs, and advancing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education by working with universities and educational organizations. Mark oversees Cognizant’s Making the Future STEM education initiative, which seeks to inspire young learners to pursue the STEM disciplines by creating fun, hands-on learning opportunities. His role on the Advisory Board of the Maker Education Initiative is to help in the development of the organization, representing both a funding and service partner.

Laura London

Laura London has spent 30+ years as a marketing and business development executive in both for- and not-for-profit organizations focused on architecture, engineering, design, education, and technology. London was the first woman on the national advertising sales staff of Business Week magazine, and since then has lead marketing and communications efforts at international engineering/design firms, most notably Autodesk, Inc.  She has helped develop, establish and manage several corporate foundations and nonprofits focused on youth involvement in inspirational, hands-on learning experiences, including FIRST, and has worked with partners including NEA, the Getty Museum, ITEA, the LEGO Company, SIGGRAPH, NSTA, and the White House. Since 2004 she has consulted with for-profit and non-profit organizations primarily in the STEM, Skills, and STEAM segments of the education market, worldwide. London graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in Design and Political Science.

John Lyman

John Lyman leads partnerships for the Google for Entrepreneurs team, where he manages relationships with tech hubs, accelerators, and other companies working with startups around the world. Before joining Google Ventures John worked at Google.org, where he structured and executed multimillion-dollar grant agreements with organizations around the world working on poverty, health, and clean energy projects. He also led partnership and business development efforts for a number of Google.org and Google products. Prior to joining Google, John worked at the Clinton Global Initiative, where he developed private-sector and non-profit partnerships. He also helped launch the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington, D.C., where he researched international economic issues. John received a B.A. in government with honors from Georgetown University, and has his M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jay Silver

Jay Silver is the founder/director of JoyLabz and most recently was a Maker Research Scientist at Intel Labs. He made many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time’s Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and MaKey MaKey with Eric Rosenbaum. Jay has been a speaker at many TEDx events and PopTech. He has exhibited internationally at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Exploratorium, Ars Electronica, etc. He also runs digital prototyping workshops for many companies such as IDEO and youth centers such as Computer Clubhouses. Silver studied electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, where he was named Engineer of the Year and was awarded a Gates Scholarship to earn a master’s in Internet Technology from Cambridge University. He also holds a master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab where he was an NSF Fellow and won a Lemelson Student Prize.

Jane Werner

Jane Werner is a Director at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Jane Werner’s 25 years of museum experience include 17 years at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh where she served as Program Director, Deputy Director and Executive Director. Werner is responsible for all aspects of the Museum’s mission and vision, exhibits, public programming, funding and operations. Prior to her tenure at the Children’s Museum, Werner worked for the Franklin Institute Science Museum, The Carnegie Science Center, and The Buhl Science Center. She ran her own exhibit design firm whose clients included The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, The Franklin Institute, Beechwood Nature Reserve and The Scientific Discovery Museum. In addition to continuing innovation, outreach, and fun at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Werner is on the Advisory Council of the Fred Rogers Center at St. Vincent College and a member of the New Hazlett Theater Board of Directors. She has been President of the Board for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Vice President for the Association of Children’s Museums, and a former Fellow, the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Werner received a BFA in Synaesthetic Education from Syracuse University and attended the Museum Management Institute of the Getty Foundation. Notably, she is currently a Program Investigator for a National Science Foundation Grant for the “How People Make Things” exhibit and program that opened in June 2007. Her role on the Advisory Board of the Maker Education Initiative is to help in the development of the organization, representing a service partner in the growing maker movement.