Dorothy joined Nation of Makers as its Executive Director in March 2017. An eternal optimist and connector, Dorothy is deeply interested in finding ways to create connections between a diversity of makers, leveraging their collective skills to harness solutions for the world’s challenges, grand and small. She envisions Nation of Makers as a collaborative community, one where organizations of different types can learn from one another and share best practices, and where shared engagement fosters the development of long lasting partnerships that have outcomes that reach farther than any one entity could accomplish alone.
Dorothy's interest and passion for making began when she was a child (see her Medium post on Why She Makes), from tinkering with broken electronics with her dad, to learning about the crafts her ancestors made as members of the Cherokee and Blackfoot Tribes. In college, her “maker fix” came in the laboratory, as a neuroscientist.
Dorothy received a B.A. in Psychobiology from Wellesley College, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She worked as a scientist in the Bay Area before moving to Washington, DC, as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2012. In this role, she worked at the National Science Foundation investigating non-”traditional” technologies, policies, practices, and business models for STEM education. This work led her straight to a formal involvement in the maker movement, and to her eventual role as a co-founder of the DC non-profit NationOfMakers.org (this organization later transferred name and digital assets to the new national Nation of Makers non-profit). In this capacity, she served as the co-producer of the DC Mini Maker Faire, the National Maker Faire, and contributed to the National Week of Making. While in this capacity, Dorothy collaborated with the White House Office of Science and Technology policy and also served as a representative on the White House Interagency Working Group on Making.
As a scientist by training, in 2014, Dorothy joined the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) where she created and managed public-private partnerships in Neuroscience between the NIH, the Food & Drug Administration, academia, non-profit and advocacy organizations, and industry partners. In her spare time, she continued to be an active member of the maker community, co-producing the National Maker Faire and the National Week of Making, and serving as a member of the Nation of Makers transition group.
Dorothy brings, in addition to her passion and experiences within the maker movement, her expertise in partnership development, and she aims to use her diverse skillset to lead the organization to its fullest potential in partnership with the wealth and diversity of maker organizations, large and small, rural and urban, throughout the United States.
In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys building and making (costumes, headbands, jewelry, duct tape bows, circuits, and just about everything else) with her eight-year-old daughter.
The Transition Group was a collection of community members tasked with the details regarding the formation of the Nation of Makers nonprofit organization. This group helped to structure and push forward the formation of the Mission, Vision, and Values of the new organization with direct community input. The Transition Group layered the framework for the organization including finding the initial four Board Members, forming the legal entity, organizing community elections for three Board of Directors seats, building a pool of additional qualified candidates willing to serve as board members, and facilitating a call for Executive Director candidates.
Together with many from the maker community, the Transition Group has helped kickstart the Nation of Makers nonprofit.
With all their hard work done, the Transition Group disbanded once the Board of Directors and Executive Director were in place. The mission of the new leadership of Nation of Makers is built on the solid foundation created by the Transition Group and the larger Nation of Makers community.
I've been involved in Maker Culture for over a decade as a member of multiple Makerspaces in Seattle. In 2013 I co-founded HiveBio Community Lab and currently run the day-to-day operations along with my team. Collaborative culture has always been a driving factor in my life and career. I believe in the culture of abundance that is created when individuals from disparate backgrounds come together to create something awesome. Collaboration is key to innovation!
I've always tinkered and have been passionate about building and making since I was a young child in a family owned cabinet shop. In middle school, I was in the last class able to use the school shop school before it got shut down. In high school, the shop was closed to students and was only used for the maintenance of the building. I went to college and got an associates degree in networking and computers. After I graduated, I heard about what a hackerspace was. I didn’t hesitate to check it out and join. During the first 3 months, I fell in deep into the culture and ended up running for a board position. From there, I’ve fought to push the maker movement forward through grass root efforts as well as local government.
I’m in this to aid in the movement and for all of the people who weren't/aren’t able learn the these important skills and get their hands dirty.
I am the Executive Director of Chimera Arts & Makerspace in Sebastopol, California, as well as a software developer and installation artist.
I founded Chimera in early 2012 as a place to bring talented, creative and innovative people in the North Bay together. I have worked as a software consultant and serial entrepreneur for nearly a decade, working with companies large and small as well as starting a few of my own. I studied fine art at the University of the Pacific.
I love laser cutting, wood working, software/hardware development, welding, and basically anything else that involved fire or electicity.
Learn more about Dana here.
A bit of a motto: “I make stuff and I like to help those who make stuff or want to learn to make stuff. Simple, right?”
More background - "Making our Community" - Pecha Kucha Orlando - Feb 2012
I like to “make stuff that matters” to me and hopefully to others. I’ve been making stuff since I was a kid, and all of my professional career has involved making things. I’m currently working on things that make cold.
From 2014-2016, Stephanie served as the first-ever Senior Advisor for Making at the White House, where she helped develop President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, to broaden access to the Maker Movement.
Stephanie is currently working with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Infosys Foundation USA to develop initiatives to support Makers with innovative solutions to challenging problems and create more opportunities for students to engage in Making. Stephanie is also on the advisory board for California Community Colleges CCC Maker initiative. As a Maker, she’s an avid sewist, experimenting with wearable electronics and tinkering with 3D printing.
More details about Stephanie can be found here.