We envision The Makers Hub as thriving collaborative communities of makers, thinkers, and aspiring entrepreneurs. Together each community will build a creative and uplifting network that causes economic development by and from their personal expression of the community they envision.
Each Makers Hub will be unique and built with the talents and needs of the community and build upon what already exists and what is missing. Each facility will have space to allow new immerging tool-centered communities to be piloted and developed.
The Makers Hub will foster a learning and networking environment that emphasizes mastering crafts, inventing tangible solutions to problems, building artisan circles, and creating new businesses. Our members will obtain a sense of purpose, expand their creative expression, and be empowered to share and grow their talents with others. The Makers Hub will incentivize incubating/launching enterprises within the city limits to benefit the economic development of the community by the community. Creating their city as a destination place for shopping, entertainment, and community expression.
Adrianne Ferree, Founder and President
Jessica Durey, VP and Social Media Director
Marcene Forester, Board Secretary
Ellen Goldin, Board Treasurer
Marisol Barrios - Marketing & Fundraising Advisor
Marisol Barrios is the Owner and President of the Award winning marketing Company – Mission Driven PR. Marisol has 25 years of experience in communications, public relations, and the nonprofit sector. She generates strategic planning, public relations and social media efforts, appealing to target audiences by implementing GRACE, a five-step process in public relations to transform missions. Marisol has appeared on several Spanish television talkshows, landed several articles in major metropolitan newspapers and has received 8 PR awards. She serves as the chair of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Communications Program Group, She is a member of the Forbes Communications Council and Public Relations Society of America,
Vern Ryan – Operations Advisor
Dale Doughtery - Advisor and "godfather" to the Makers Movement
Dale Dougherty is the CEO and Founder of Make Media, publisher of Make Magazine. He has been called the “godfather of the Maker movement”, having founded both the magazine and the first Maker Faire in 2006. Dale was instrumental in launching the Maker movement which is reshaping science and technology education and creating unprecedented economic opportunity for young people and a renaissance in urban manufacturing. Dale started down this path in 1984, when he worked with Tim O’Reilly to create. O’Reilly Media, publisher of “Nutshell” handbooks. At O’Reilly Media Dale developed the Hacks series of books, coined the term Web 2.0, and then creating the Web 2.0 Conference, a joint venture between O’Reilly and CMP. The idea for Make Magazine came from his experiences with the Hacks books, as Dale recognized that hackers were playing with hardware and more broadly, were looking at how to hack the world, not just computers. Make Magazine is a re-invention of Popular Mechanics for the 21st Century, and it launched in 2005. A year later, Dale launched the first Maker Faire in San Mateo to bring together all the Makers to share their work with each other and with the public. In 2016, there will be 150+ Maker Faires worldwide. In addition the Maker City Playbook, Dale is the author of the book Free to Make (Fall 2016, North Atlantic Books) and sits on the boards of Make Media, Maker Education Initiative, and the non-profit Big Picture Learning.
Christy Jennings – Community Liaison and Advocacy Advisor
Jonathan Markowitz Bijur - Advisor and ED of Rediscover Center
Johnathan is a founder of Tinkering School LA, an educator, maker, and administrator with over 15 years experience in non-profit management. He has been Executive Director of reDiscover Center since 2014. His previous board and staff work includes contributions to choirs, museums, libraries, and community centers in Boston and Los Angeles. Jonathan is a passionate advocate for STEAM education, the importance of risk-taking in childhood, and open-ended play and exploration at all ages. Jonathan is a graduate of Yale University and holds a Masters of Library Science from Simmons University.
Gary L. Polk, Sr. MS Co-Founder & CEO
Gary has served as Executive Director of two Business Incubators. First, with the South Bay Entrepreneurial Center (SBEC). He lead the SBEC from red ink to black ink in a great turnaround effort. Secondly, as the Founder and first Executive Director of the Innovation Incubator at CSUDH.
Monica Gonzalez– Process Optimization & Training Development Advisor
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