Maker City: A practical guide to reinventing our cities

The Maker City Playbook was made possible by the generous financial support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with fiscal sponsorship provided through the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Stephanie Santoso, formerly Senior Advisor for Making to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Executive Office of the President, was invaluable in providing introductions to people who make up the Maker City ecosystem. Stephanie has moved on to a new position in California and recently got married; in the face of the significant changes in her life, we cannot thank her enough for remaining with us to the very end of this project.

The inspiration for the Maker City Playbook came very much from the Remake Learning Playbook produced by the Sprout Fund under the leadership of Cathy Lewis Long, President.


In all we did about 50 interviews with thought leaders, practitioners, movers and shakers across ~20 cities. These people donated their time, thoughts, and energies to helping us understand what made their Maker City tick. We cannot thank them enough.

Baltimore, Maryland

Andrew Coy, Executive Director, Digital Harbor Foundation

Brooklyn, New York

Bob Bland, CEO & Founder, Manufacture New York

Matthew Burnett, CEO & Co-Founder, Makers Row

David Ehrenburg, CEO & Executive Director, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.

Adam Friedman, Executive Director, Pratt Center for Community Development

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Mike Bradshaw, Founder and CEO, Company Lab (Co.Lab)

Cleveland, Ohio

Lisa Camp, Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Case Western University

CJ Lynce, TechCentral Manager, Cleveland Public Library

Sonya Pryor-Jones, Chief Implementation Officer, Fab Foundation

Felton Thomas, Director, Cleveland Public Library

Detroit, Michigan

Carol Colletta, Senior Fellow American City’s Practice, The Kresge Foundation
When we interviewed Ms. Colletta she held a similar position at The Knight Foundation

Bill Coughlin, President & CEO, Ford Global Technologies LLC

Jeff Sturges, Founder, Mt. Elliott Makerspace

Jen Guarino, VP of Leather Goods, Shinola

Elyria, Ohio

Kelly Zelesnik, Academic Dean, Engineering , Business & Information Technologies and Nord Advanced Technologies Center, Lorain County Community College

Fremont, California

Kelly Kline, Economic Development Director/Chief Innovation Officer, City of Fremont

Ithaca, New York

David Schneider, Senior Lecturer, Systems Engineering, Cornell University

Kansas City, Missouri

Aaron Deacon, Managing Director, KC Digital Drive

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Margot Vigeant, Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Bucknell University

Los Angeles, California

Krisztina ‘Z’ Holly, Founder, Make it in LA, An initiative of City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

Louisville, Kentucky

Danielle Blank, President, LVL1 Hackerspace

Ted Smith, Chief of Civic Innovation, City of Louisville

Natarajan “Venkat” Venkatakrishnan, Director of Research and Development for GE Appliances, FirstBuild

Macon, Georgia

Nadia Osman, Director, SparkMacon

New York, NY

Anthony Townsend, Sr. Research Scientist, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management

Luke Dubois, Professor of Integrated Digital Media, NYU

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gregg Behr, Executive Director, Grable Foundation

Daragh Byrne, Co-Lead, Make Schools Alliance/Carnegie Mellon

Sunanna Chaud, Learning Innovation Strategist, Remake Learning

Bernie Lynch, Project Manager, The New App for Making It In America, a project funded by the Institute for Work & the Economy (Chicago, Illinois)

Timothy McNulty, Associate Vice President for Government Relations, Carnegie Mellon University

Anne Sekula, Director, Remake Learning Council

Jane Werner, Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Providence, Rhode Island

Bert Crenca, Founder/Plenipotentiary, AS220 Maker Space

Raleigh, North Carolina

Ellen Chilton, Merchant Promotions Manager, Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Aly Khalifa, Founder, LYF Shoes & Designbox

Sean Maroni, Former Fellow, Betabox

Riverside, California

Gene Sherman, CEO & Founder, Vocademy Makerspace

San Diego, California

Susie Armstrong ‎Senior Vice President, Engineering , Qualcomm

Erin Gavin, ‎Senior Manager, Government Affairs, Qualcomm

Travis Good, Organizer, San Diego Maker Faire

Misty Jones, Director, San Diego Central Library

San Francisco, California

Deborah Cullinan, CEO, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

Dave Evans, Founder & CEO, Fictiv

Mark Hatch, Former CEO & Co-Founder, TechShop

Steven Heintz, VP of Engineering and General Manager, Flex Innovation Labs

Neil Hrushowy, Manager, City Design Group at San Francisco Planning Department

Madelynn Martiniere, Director of Community, Fictiv

Patrick Dunne, Director of Industrial Applications, 3D Systems

Claire Micheals, Manufacturing Workforce and Hiring Manager, SFMade

Nick Pinkston, CEO & Founder, Plethora

Kate Sofis, Executive Director, SFMade

Wenatchee, Washington

Steve King, Director, Community & Economic Development Department, City of Wenatchee

Karen Rutherford, Council Member, Wenatchee City Council

Ethan Toth, Student/Coordinator, Maker Faire Wenatchee

Allison Williams, Executive Services Director, City of Wenatchee


Kim-Mai Cutler, Writer, TechCrunch

Rod Falcon, Program Director, Technology Horizons, Institute for the Future

Adam Friedman, Executive Director, Pratt Center for Community Development

Thomas Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy for the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President; Senior Advisor for Science, Technology and Innovation for the National Economic Council

Heather King, Consultant and former Managing Director, Eight Inc.

Josette Melchor, Executive Director and Founder, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Mark Muro, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institute

Jenn Sander, Global Initiatives Advisor, Burning Man Project

Stephanie Santoso, Senior Advisor for Making at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

Lauren Sinreich, Lead Researcher and Contributor


Andrew Coy, Senior Advisor at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

Penelope Alice Douglas, Innovation Consultant

Mark Hatch, CEO & Founder, TechShop

Mickey McManus, Chairman and Principal, Maya Design

Jason Wiens, Policy Director, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation


Mary F. Doan, Executive Producer

Omeed Manocheri, Online Producer

Graphic Design

Erik vanderMolen, Principal, Office vs. Office