Stephanie Santoso is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Makers + Mentors Network, an initiative of the national non-profit organization, Citizen Schools. As a Senior Program Fellow at Infosys Foundation USA, she supports the Foundation’s maker education portfolio. Stephanie is a founding Board Member of Nation of Makers and received her Ph.D. in Information Science at Cornell University where her dissertation research explored the IP issues related to 3D printing. From 2014-2016, she served as the first 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. This included planning the first-ever White House Maker Faire and the National Week of Making.
The next administration should implement a Maker-In-Residence fellowship program to leverage the skills of the American maker community.
The next administration should scale four existing and effective solutions that build local skills and vibrant, self-sufficient economies.