Dorothy Jones-Davis is the Executive Director of Nation of Makers, a national nonprofit whose mission is to support the full range of organizations that impact makers, by encouraging connections, broadly sharing resources, facilitating funding opportunities, engaging in policy development, and advocating for the maker movement.
Prior to her current position, Dorothy was a co-founder and co-producer of the National Maker Faire and the DC Mini Maker Faire. She is deeply interested in finding ways to create connections between a diversity of makers, leveraging their collective skills to harness solutions for the world’s challenges – grand and small. While serving as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Engineering Education and Centers within the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Engineering, her primary area of interest was in understanding the ways in which perceived educational “disruptions” such as the Maker Movement can be leveraged to improve access to pathways in engineering education and careers for traditionally underrepresented populations.
Dorothy has made presentations and served as a panelist on the topic of the Maker Movement at a number of venues, including the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center Annual Summit, the IEEE Innotek Conference, and World Maker Faire, and she has served on the White House OSTP Interagency Working Group on Making. A PhD-level neuroscientist by training, Dorothy’s most recent position was as a Scientific Project Manager for Neuroscience at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), where she created and managed public-private-partnerships and consortia in Neuroscience between the NIH, the Food & Drug Administration, academia, non-profits, advocacy organizations, and private industry partners.
In her spare time, Dorothy enjoys building and making (costumes, headbands, jewelry, duct tape bows, circuits, and just about everything else) with her eight-year-old daughter. More about why Dorothy makes can be found here.