The purpose of Maker Ed is to bring make-oriented activities to scale in multiple learning environments and communities across the nation. Maker Ed plays a national leadership role in developing a maker network of institutions, youth serving organizations, statewide afterschool networks, corporations, foundations, and makers seeking to accelerate and deepen the Maker Movement.
Paloma has more than ten years' experience as a nonprofit manager and development officer. She has a master's degree in Education and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Stanford University. In 2002, she coauthored, Learning to Teach For Social Justice, Teachers College Press-Columbia University, along with Dr. Linda Darling- Hammond of Stanford University, and Jennifer French. Paloma comes to Maker Ed after serving as director of the Posse Foundation site in Washington, D.C., a national college access and leadership development organization recognized by President Obama and the Catalogue for Philanthropy. Prior to working at Posse, Paloma consulted nonprofit organizations and schools to better meet the needs of special populations. Paloma started her career as a high school social studies teacher in the Silicon Valley, and entered the nonprofit world as a Development Officer and Associate Executive Director of Future Leaders of America, Inc., a Latino youth leadership organization in 2002.