Chairperson Malik DucardGlobal Head of Family and Learning, YouTube

Malik Ducard is the Global Head of Family and Learning at YouTube, overseeing partnerships and business development efforts for the platform’s family entertainment and educational content. Previously Ducard led film and original content partnerships for the company. Prior to joining YouTube, he served as senior vice president of digital distribution for the Americas at Paramount Pictures and oversaw distribution of content to digital platforms.

A native of the Bronx, Malik earned his B.A. degree from Columbia University and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.

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Founder, Chief Encouragement Officer Tara Tiger Brown –  Founder & CEO, KitHub
Tara Tiger Brown is co-founder of LA Makerspace and to help connect and promote the Los Angeles tech startup community. She currently serves as Technology Director for the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub and Connected Learning Alliance. Brown has held every job title available in the software industry at numerous institutions and companies including USC, UC Irvine, Shazam, Topspin, and Microsoft. She has been known to blog on Forbes and was recently named a Los Angeles “Power Mom.”She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Museums Quartier in Vienna, Austria and the first Hacker-in-Residence at SparkFun in Boulder, CO.Tara’s speaking engagements include LA Tech Summit, DIY Days, CASH Music Summit, Silicon Beach Fest, Imagination Foundation Educator Salon, Rhizome, init(together), General Assembly, SXSW, OSCON, Mozilla Fest, Fun Conf, Farmhouse Conf 2/3/4, BUFF Film Festival, Hollywood 3.0 Forum, Transmedia Hollywood 3, BarCampLA, BarCampSeattle.

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Education Committee Chair Becky Herr-Stephenson, Ph.D. – Researcher, Writer, & Editor
Becky is a researcher in the area of media and learning. She is a co-author (with Catherine Belcher) of Teaching Harry Potter: The Power of Imagination in Multicultural Classrooms, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.) Becky contributed to the book that the LA Makerspace is referencing in the design of its new space: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out. Becky earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 2008. She has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine, a research fellow at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and a research associate at the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC. Currently, Becky works in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, where she manages an online journal and teaches courses on qualitative research methods.

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Sébastien Slek, Treasurer – Executive Director, Time Warner Global Sourcing Marketing, Time Warner
A native of France, Sébastien moved his family from Paris to Los Angeles to lead the Global Sourcing Marketing team for Time Warner, servicing Warner Bros., HBO and Turner. With a desire to get involved and give back to the community, Sébastien joined LA Makerspace in 2015. Graduate of Ecole Polytechnique Montreal and HEC Paris, Sébastien has been perfecting his Marketing and Advertising sourcing expertise throughout his career, starting as a consultant for AT Kearney in 1997. With a deep passion for Entertainment, Marketing and Innovation, Sébastien naturally offered his experience to the Leadership Board, supporting its Marketing, PR and Fundraising efforts. In his spare time, Sébastien enjoys epic kitchen battles with his daughter, builds awesome Minecraft mods with his son and supports his wife with her involvement in promoting English as a Second Language programs for the Burbank school district.

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Tshaka ArmstrongFox11 Tech Correspondent and Founder, Digital Shepherds
Tshaka Armstong is also known as’s Tech Ninja. Technologist and reporter, he helps visitors understand how to be safer, smarter users of the internet and their “gadgets.” He is active in the community, offline, as the co-founder and President of the non-profit organization, Digital Shepherds whose mission is to “help families cross the digital divide” by helping parents, children and educators navigate the best that the world of technology has to offer while equipping them to appropriately handle the worst.

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Peter MarxVice President, Predix, GE Digital
Peter Marx has previously served as Chief Technology Officer of Los Angeles and the Vice President of Business Development at Qualcomm Labs, Inc, where he focused on making smartphones more aware of users’ environments. In particular, he was involved in developing the company’s Gimbal platform, which improves processing of smartphone sensor information. Marx has worked on the digital and technology side of Mattel, along with media-technology consultancy Analog Protocol; Vivendi-Universal Games; Universal Studios; Electronic Arts; UCLA, and 3M. He serves as an adjunct professor for the Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts teaching digital media and entertainment to graduate film and TV students.

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Joe ZenasCEO, Thinkwell Group
Joe’s leadership has been instrumental in building Thinkwell’s reputation as a company that deals masterfully with many of the world’s most cherished brands and intellectual properties. Whether he’s addressing the concerns of Warner Bros. and the author of Harry Potter or those of cultural institutions like the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Joe advocates for the priorities and values of Thinkwell’s clients as they strategically expand.


Mya StarkExecutive Director
Mya has worked with Paramount, Warner Bros and Disney Touchstone as a screenwriter and director; edited a magazine; and curated an art gallery. She started in nonprofits by founding the development department at nonprofit cinematheque The Cinefamily. Recently, Mya was one of the 10 finalists in the Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch competition. Her speech may be viewed here. Sometimes, she dresses up like a robot to share the joy and excitement of Making with librarians and other kinds of grownups.

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Julio TrejoOperations Coordinator
Julio oversees all day-to-day matters between our wonderful Facilitators and active LA Makerspace partners. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he knows first hand the value that a makerspace can offer to underprivileged youth yearning to have their minds light up with creativity and ingenuity. In his free time, Julio practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is a regular fighter in Southern California tournaments.

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Advisory Council
Amy Amsterdam, Sean Bonner, Jeff Burke, Althea Ducard, Thomas Edwards, Brian Foley, Jeff Geoffray, Mark Goodstein, Jessica Judd, Gabriel Peters-Lazaro, Ricarose Roque, Avidan Ross, Shah Selbe, Michael Shore, Sangita Shresthova, Tatiana Simonian, Alisa Tager, David Waxman

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Past Board Members
Jeff Geoffrey, Levi Simons, Linda Bidrossian, Teresa Gonczy, Michael Wilson, Michelle Leonhart, Sharon Ann Lee, Kent Nichols, Magalis Martinez, Cecilie Read, Richard Tom, Bill Lay, Scott David Edwards



Support LA Makerspace by purchasing from our sponsors. Each time you get cool stuff following the instructions for each sponsor below, LA Makerspace gets a donation!


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Cross Campus is the leading collaborative, on-demand work space and business event venue in Los Angeles. With a focus on design & user experience, best-in-class event programming, and a diverse community of innovative members, Cross Campus’ Santa Monica location has become known as “the nerve center of Silicon Beach.” Cross Campus also has locations in Pasadena and, coming soon, Downtown LA and South Bay.

When you sign up for a Cross Campus co-working membership or office, it subsidizes LA Makerspace’s office space in CC DTLA! Enter our name where it says “Who referred you to Cross Campus?” at the link below.

Cross Campus DTLA (You can also request Santa Monica or Pasadena)



KitHub empowers educators and parents to help kids dive into hands-on, fun and creative STEM projects in the classroom and at home by providing theme-based kits and easy to follow lesson plans and instructions. With the support of KitHub, aspiring engineers will gain the confidence and skills they need to create, experiment and design creative STEM projects.

When you purchase a program (all the lesson plans and supplies for a multi-session program for a whole class of kids) through the below links, LA Makerspace receives 15%:

STEAM Friday

After School Maker Program

Summer STEAM Program

And LA Makerspace receives 10% when you purchase a single KitHub kit using this link:

KitHub Store


Receive a quarterly handpicked box of wonderful STEAM surprises, curated by cool Maker celebs like Boing Boing and Bob “I Like To Make Stuff” Clagett.

When you sign up for a subscription using this link, LA Makerspace receives a 3% donation!


Interested in becoming an LA Makerspace sponsor? Contact


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