Kyle Cornforth

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of Maker Ed, Kyle oversees the execution of our major initiatives, programs, partnerships, and the efforts of staff members. She is responsible for the leadership and management of Maker Ed’s operational and programmatic efforts. Over the last 20 years, Kyle has trained teachers from all over the world on how non-traditional education experiences are essential to truly prepare students for their lives on this planet, with the belief that teachers, administrators, and schools need to adapt their practices to the shifting world. To this end, she worked within a nascent field to build shared practice and professionalism to ensure equity and cultural relevance are foundational to program delivery at the Edible Schoolyard. With her incredible team, Kyle built ESYP’s internationally renowned training programs and communities of practice. These programs provide training for leadership, teacher practice and pedagogy, communications, program development, and resource sharing. Kyle holds clear communication, accountability, and feedback in all directions of an organization as vital to ensuring an organization can fulfill its mission. She loves to dance, cook, and hang out with her family.


Stephanie Chang

Director of Programs

Stephanie Chang is the Director of Programs at Maker Ed, where she is responsible for overseeing Maker Ed’s program and project offerings, including Maker Corps, Maker VISTA, Making Spaces, Young Makers, and the Open Portfolio Project. She also ensures cohesion between programs and Maker Ed’s larger organizational goals. Previously, with Maker Media’s Makerspace project, Stephanie worked closely with fifteen northern California schools to define and develop makerspaces and making programs in schools. Prior, she’s worked in educational research and evaluation, designed curriculum, led the science and technology summer program at The Tech Museum, and taught environmental and marine science. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from MIT and a Master’s degree from the Learning, Design, and Technology program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education.

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Jakki Spicer

Director of Partnerships & Development

Jakki is the Director of Partnerships & Development at Maker Ed. She comes from a long line of educators, including her father, mother, sister and grandmother, and has a lifelong passion for fostering curiosity and intrinsic motivation in kids. At Maker Ed, she builds partnerships with foundations, corporations and individual donors. Previously, she worked in development capacities at Places Journal, the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, KQED, Interfaith Power and Light, and other arts, community and environmental organizations. She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota. While at Minnesota, she taught courses on cultural studies, and served as book review editor at the journal Cultural Critique. She has also been writing for independent journals in print and online for over a decade.


Jan Schmitz

Office Manager

Jan joined the Maker Ed staff in March 2015 as Office Manger.  She combines a background in education with office administration experience gained in the higher education accreditation world of the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Jan started her teaching career off way before the Maker Movement but with marked maker tendencies. As a high school World Civilizations teacher she led her classes in an archaeological dig using a sandbox brought into the classroom that was ultimately filled with artifacts made and dug up by students! She has lived and worked in Oakland, CA for over 17 years, directing education programs at a community center, teaching English as a Second Language to adult learners, and nurturing a family on local tacos and phở. A California native, her BA in history is from UC Davis while she earned her MEd from UCLA.


Keyana Stevens

Communications Manager

Keyana Stevens manages the outreach and communications efforts at Maker Ed. Prior to joining Maker Ed, Keyana managed content partnerships and video publishing at Edutopia, worked on the digital media team at Sesame Workshop, and consulted with multiple educational technology startups on community management and engagement. They graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Digital Media for Journalism, and edited the independent student news blog NYU Local while there. A lifelong musician and artist, Keyana spends weekends immersed in the Bay Area music scene. Originally from Hawaii, they are now happy to call Berkeley home.


Justin Boner

Program Coordinator

Justin is the Program Coordinator at Maker Ed, where he supports Maker Ed’s multiple program initiatives and helps maintain their partner relationships. Before joining the Maker Ed team, Justin fostered the academic and social/emotional well-being of underrepresented youth at an immigrant advocacy non-profit in San Rafael, CA and assessed early childhood literacy in Oakland public schools. Justin holds a B.A. in Classics from New College of Florida and a M.A. in Classics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Hadiyah Shabazz

Maker VISTA Leader

Hadiyah was born and raised in the Bay Area. Valuing curiosity, service, understanding, connection and kindness she ventured south to study at UC Riverside. During her time there she began recognizing various ways in which her learning needs were not being met, leading her on a journey of learning more about her needs and finding other avenues to fulfill them. During this journey she studied Anthropology and Dance, and was very active in supporting her community. Following graduation she joined AmeriCorps VISTA, working with California Conservation Corps, and later serving another year as a VISTA Leader in Utah. She spent 2 years with Galileo Innovation Camp for Kids in Oakland, and this recent year as a caregiver, which helped her continue to engage her resourcefulness in supporting personal development. Hadiyah is very excited to be working with Maker Ed as a Maker VISTA Leader because she has experienced the confidence developed through making and knows how crucial it is to believing, truly, that everything is possible.

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