Tony DeRose

Board Chair

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.


Jen Phillips

Vice Chair

Jen Phillips leads Making & Science programs at Google, where she supports hands-on learning for kids and adults. She oversees programs that put maker spaces in schools and community spaces, send students to science museums, provide tools and technology to parents and educators, and get Googlers involved in making, Maker Faires, and maker education.

Jen has invested over $50 million in making, science, and computer science through programs, sponsorships, and collaborations with universities and nonprofits. Previously Jen was a University Relations manager, leading Google’s academic research investments in the Midwest and Canada. She started her career at Google using big data to improve customer engagement programs for online advertisers and publishers.

Jen studied Economics at Columbia University and now lives in San Francisco.

Kathryn Nash


Kathryn Nash is the Associate Director of Educational Affairs at Cognizant. She oversees Cognizant’s corporate social responsibility programs in North America and leads the Making the Future education initiative to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators. Cognizant through its Making the Future initiative has committed to providing 1.5 million hours of Making experiences for 25,000 children in over 200 U.S. communities by 2017. She is responsible for a comprehensive STEM initiative that includes: advocacy, scholarships, non-profit partnerships and Making programs grants. Prior to joining Cognizant she served as Director of Civic Engagement for Citizen Schools Texas from 2005 to 2011 building public-private partnerships to provide in-kind, financial and human capital to close the opportunity gap for underserved youth. Her career has spanned both business and education: 18 years in business including 10 years as a business owner and 10 years as a teacher in inner-city middle schools. Kathryn is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin.

Kipp Bradford

Kipp Bradford is an entrepreneur, technology consultant, educator, and passionate maker, and the Founder/Principal of Kippworks. He has founded start-ups in the fields of transportation, consumer products, HVAC, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. Some of his more interesting projects become kippkitts.

Kipp co-wrote Distributed Network Data (hardware hacking for Data Scientists) and cofounded the Data Sensing Lab. He supports several startup accelerators, including Highway1, guiding founders through business planning, crowdfunding, and more. Kipp co-organizes RI’s mini Maker Faire and the Washington, DC Mini Maker Faire. He is a USA SciFest’s “Nifty Fifty” speaker. Kipp was also a keynote speaker at the O’Reilly Solid, and was recognized as a leading innovator at Frost & Sullivan’s GIL 2013. As the former Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at the Brown University School of Engineering, Kipp taught engineering design and entrepreneurship. He serves on several nonprofit boards, is on the technical advisory board of MAKE Magazine, and is also a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University.

Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media based in San Francisco, CA and Board Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative. He created MAKE: magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which first started in the Bay Area in 2006. In 2014, there were 131 Maker Faires around the world, including large ones in San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Rome, Tokyo and Shenzhen. Dougherty was a partner in O’Reilly & Associates, helping to launch its publishing business. At O’Reilly, he was the developer of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial website, launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. He coined the term “Web 2.0” to define the Web 2.0 conference series. He is passionate about fostering a new generation of ‘makers’ who are creative, innovative, and curious. 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. In 2014, President Obama hosted a White House Maker Faire. He believes that one of the most significant contributions of the Maker Movement will be to transform education by inviting young people to learn and develop their creative and technical abilities as makers.

Mark Greenlaw

Mark Greenlaw is a Vice President at FIRST, one of the nation’s leading afterschool robotics programs.  He is helping FIRST develop and implement digital engagement and inclusion strategies to expand participation and reach a more diverse audience.  Prior to joining FIRST, Greenlaw was a Vice President at Cognizant. He was Cognizant’s Chief Information Officer until 2010 and led the implementation of systems and processes that enabled the firm’s 10-fold growth. He then launched Cognizant’s STEM education, sustainability, and U.S. campus recruiting initiatives. He launched the company’s Making the Future program, which seeks to inspire young learners in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines through fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Through his work on Making the Future, Mark collaborated on the launch of Maker Ed.

Prior to Cognizant, he held IT leadership positions at Canaccord Genuity, Oracle, Nervewire, and Computer Sciences Corporation. He started his career with AT&T after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from the Pennsylvania State University.  Mark is dedicated to the idea that inspiring young people in STEM education can be a vehicle to help close the nation’s achievement and opportunity gap. In addition to his role on Maker Education Initiative’s Advisory Board, he also serves on Citizen’s Schools National STEM Advisory Council and Massachusetts State Board of Advisors, and has volunteered as a Citizen Teacher of e-Textiles-based STEM apprenticeships to sixth grade students at an urban Boston public school.

Jay Melican

Jay Melican is Intel’s Maker Czar. He currently serves in the company’s New Technology Group, directing sales, marketing, and market sensing research for Intel’s maker and innovator platforms. In addition, he coordinates Intel’s outreach to the maker community, STE(A)M education programs aimed at making technologies accessible to creatively inclined learners, and partnerships with friends of Intel who push the creative potential of the company’s electronics development and prototyping platforms.

Jay has over 23 years of industry experience – ten of which have been with Intel – in user research, creative management, strategy & business development, product management & promotions. In his previous professional lives, he has worked as design ethnographer in Intel’s Digital Home Group, at Microsoft as user researcher, and – at a variety of other technology companies – as usability analyst, interaction designer, and product strategy consultant.

Since 2011, Jay has driven Intel’s initiatives to engage with the maker community – particularly through the company’s sponsorship of, and participation in, Maker Faires around the world – and to deliver products and services that lower the barriers to entry for learners seeking to design, build, and program interactive systems.

Jay has lectured on the adjunct faculty at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy (where Arduino was born). He served as a founding member and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Play – the non-profit organization behind the Quest schools. He holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD in design from IIT. He lives in wine country outside Portland, Oregon, where he drinks wine and tries his best to convince his bees to make honey for him.

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Pam Moran

Dr. Pam Moran, retired superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, has been a middle school science teacher, elementary principal, and assistant superintendent. Her former school district is home to some of the most contemporary learning spaces in the United States, represented by a commitment to a “search, connect, communicate and make” model for unleashing the lifelong learning potential of young people across 26 schools, 726 square miles of rural, suburban and urban environments. Educators from her district are well known for their work to infuse Maker work across the curricula. Libraries in the district are transformative and the Monticello High Library recently received the Magna Award from NSBA for its premier maker spaces. The school district was featured in Newsweek’s article “Will the Maker Movement Reinvent Education?” and has been the subject of numerous articles and posts on the maker movement. The district is a charter member of Maker Ed’s Maker Corps program. The district attributes its 2% dropout rate and 95% graduation rate and distinguished performance in part to integration of make-to-learn across curricula.

Pam has served as a president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents as well as the Women Educational Leaders of Virginia. She currently serves as a board member of the State Higher Education Council for Virginia. Recognized as a national Tech Savvy Superintendent in 2010, recipient of the Bammy Superintendent’s Award in 2013, and named Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2015, she has presented and keynoted at numerous state and national conferences. She currently is a member of the Maker Ed advisory board, the Alliance for Excellent Education Team of Experts, and the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Council of Peers.

Jay Silver

Jay Silver is the Founder/CEO of JoyLabz/Makey Makey and was the first ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel. Jay’s MIT PhD topic was World as Construction Kit. He made many creative platforms such as Drawdio (Time’s Top 15 Toys for Young Geniuses) and Makey Makey (Kickstarted for $500,000, Pop Sci Best of ToyFair). Jay has been a speaker at many TED events, exhibited artwork internationally, and been named a Top 100 Inspirational World Changer by DELL. He sits on the board of directors of this organization, One Day on Earth, and the Transformative Tech Lab. Jay works with teens at places like Not Back to School Camp, and he believes that being a romantic is of the utmost importance.


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.

Maker Ed would also like to thank its former staff and board members for their contributions.