Makers Row Team

We are a tight-knit team where individual contributions play a vital role in shaping our product
daily. We are looking for leaders with drive, creativity and a strong belief in teamwork.
Interested in joining us?

Meet the Team

Matthew Burnett

CEO & Co-Founder

Hometown:
Detroit, MI

Bio

Matthew Burnett is a Detroit native whose grandfather inspired his interest in manufacturing, as he was a watchmaker by trade. Matthew received a BFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. He began his professional career designing watches for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and Diesel. After working in the watch industry, he decided to start his own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Though previously designing and overseeing production for big brands, he found that manufacturing as an independent brand overseas would be a much different experience. Extended turnaround periods, language barriers, and continuous manufacturing errors brought the Steel Cake Watch line to a close. In 2010, Burnett decided to start a line of leather goods (The Brooklyn Bakery) using domestic manufacturers in order to maintain control over the quality of production and form closer relationships with the suppliers and contractors. In 2011 Burnett partnered with Tanya Menendez on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. After pairing with Burnett on the accessories brand, Menendez suggested that they develop a resource that would assist designers in finding American manufacturers. With Burnett’s background in manufacturing and Menendez’s experience with operations, they began to develop the blueprint for what is today, Maker’s Row.

Tanya Menendez

CMO & Co-Founder

Hometown:
Oakland, CA

Bio

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tanya studied technology and its socioeconomic impacts on rural economies at UCSD. Conducting a number of studies on financial technology advancements in Oaxaca, Mexico, she co-authored “The Economics of Migration”, published by the University of California. Shortly thereafter, Menendez joined the Google Strategy and Integration group advising on internal system operations. In 2011 Menendez partnered with Matthew Burnett on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. While at The Brooklyn Bakery, she came up with the idea to create a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers. Combining her experience in operations / automation with Matthew’s experience in global manufacturing, they started Maker’s Row.

Taofeek Rabiu

CTO

Hometown:
Lagos, Nigeria

Bio

"Born in Lagos, Nigeria, and raised in Brooklyn, Taofeek brings to Maker's Row more than 15 years of experience architecting software and cultivating high performance teams across multiple sectors. Previously, he was CTO / technical co-founder of Keepskor, where he built the entire platform from scratch. He also ran engineering for Sponsored Listings - an ad platform within Aol's Advertising.com group, that accounted for $60 million in revenue. Most recently he served as the Senior Director of Engineering for Jibe, where he ran 4 teams of software engineers, with a focus on improving processes and scaling out its real-time analytics platform. Programming in several languages, Taofeek credits a Tandy TRS-80 pocket computer received at age 14 for sparking his interest in technology. When not coding or coaching engineers, he can be found playing ping-pong, volunteering for numerous STEM education programs or pulling off Lego ""master builds"" with his two sons."

Rebecca Law

VP of Marketing

Hometown:
Sydney, Australia

Bio

With 10 years experience leading marketing and brand strategy for global lifestyle and fashion brands, Rebecca brings thought leadership, a results driven attitude and an entrepreneurial spirit to the Maker's Row team. Originally hailing from Australia, Rebecca began her career working with fashion brands committed to craftsmanship and local manufacturing. In 2012, she started a marketing consultancy specializing in high-growth strategies for start-ups and entrepreneurs. She has been a speaker and to female entrepreneurs and launched social sustainability projects in aid of women's education. Thrilled to be part of the Maker's Row team, she is committed to fostering design talent and growing the 'Made in America' movement.

Bashar Harfoush

Senior Software Engineer

Hometown:
Beirut, LB

Bio

Bashar hails from the land of Hummus and Tabbouleh and moved to the land of Burger King and McDonald's in 2007. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the American University in Beirut and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia in the UK. When not programming and checking out the latest and greatest in technology, he can be found hanging out in his Bay Ridge neighborhood.

Kalli White

Account Manager

Hometown:
Cohasset, MA

Bio

Kalli’s favorite summer job was at her uncle’s factory-direct mattress company in Portland, Maine. She graduated from Colby College with a BA in Government and the intent to pursue a career in law. After a two-year stint as a paralegal in San Francisco (and a bit of soul searching), Kalli moved back to Portland and joined a mobile marketing startup. Thriving off the energy in the tech startup environment, Kalli relocated to Brooklyn to be right in the center of it. She is excited to build relationships with American-based manufacturers and designers in the Maker’s Row Community.

Tim Finkel

Data Quality Analyst

Hometown:
Troy, NY

Bio

Originally from Troy, NY and most recently calling Cambridge, MA home, Tim joined Maker’s Row to practice his passion of all things data and apply it to the American manufacturing space. He brings hands-on data, analytics & visualization experience in the information services space, intellectual curiosity, and a doer’s mindset (inherited from his parents) with him. Tim is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a dual degree in Management & Economics.

Melissa Lonsdale

UX Designer

Hometown:
Miami, FL

Bio

After graduating from the University of Florida with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Art History, Melissa spent two years studying Architecture in graduate school, which served as her introduction to the world of Graphic Design. She spent a couple of years working as a freelance Graphic Designer in Miami before moving to NYC to join the Maker’s Row team_2015. Melissa is constantly striving to better understand the needs of Maker’s Row users and implement design changes that will enhance the Maker’s Row experience.

Lindsay Beck

Account Manager

Hometown:
New Canaan, CT

Bio

Lindsay is a native New Englander, originally from Connecticut. She recently graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Anthropology and American Studies. Growing up just outside of New York City, Lindsay always knew she would end up in NYC after college, but is excited to work in Brooklyn and explore all the amazing things there are to see and do on this side of the Bridge! After a summer internship at a startup while in college, Lindsay was hooked on the energy and entrepreneurial spirit of startup culture and excited to pursue a career in the space after graduation. Lindsay does Marketing at Maker’s Row, keeping us active across social media and helping collect and manage the stories shared on the blog. She loves building new relationships with American-based factories and designers and helping to promote and share their meaningful work and advice.

Judy Nie

Operations Coordinator

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Bio

Judy is a New Yorker through and through. She was raised in Brooklyn and pursued her BBA with a major in marketing at Baruch in Manhattan. After graduation, she stayed in the city and had the opportunity to lead the operations of a jewelry e-retailer for a few years. She loves e-commerce and shops online in the name of research. When she is not helping Maker's Row with the Store's operations, she is at home tending her urban garden or waiting on line for a craft brewery's beer release.

Shanice Brette

Marketing Intern

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Bio

Shanice Brette is a marketing communications student at the Fashion Institute of Technology living in Brooklyn, New York.

Lauren Gibbons

Event Coordinator

Hometown:
Staten Island, NY

Bio

Lauren is a recent graduate from Lafayette College where she studied political science and sociology. After growing up on Staten Island, Lauren has always had a love for New York City and is thrilled to be working in a fast paced and exciting atmosphere. She comes from a diverse work background, where she gained exposure to a variety of positions within the legal, entertainment, and real estate industries. These experiences led her to discover her passion for marketing and event planning!

Julia Um

Marketplace Growth Intern

Hometown:
Levittown, PA

Bio

Julia is a rising senior at Wellesley College. While officially majoring in Economics, her coursework encompasses subjects such as game theory, neuroscience, and art conservation. Outside of school, Julia is an avid printmaker and hiker, spending hours in the studio and out in the woods. She is passionate about social corporate responsibility and ethical manufacturing practices. Through her work at Maker's Row, Julia hopes to make quality, American made products a fixture in everyday life.

Madeline Landon

Marketplace Growth Intern

Hometown:
Friendswood, Texas

Bio

Madeline is a proud Texan who can't help but be inspired by the energy and excitement (and amazing food) of New York City. A senior environmental engineering major at Yale, Madeline is excited to be part of the Maker's Row team to empower brands to manufacture locally. In addition to Maker's Row, she loves rollerblading with her three siblings and trying out new dance moves.

Linda Yu

Marketplace Growth Intern

Hometown:
Hopewell Junction, NJ

Bio

Linda Yu is currently double majoring in Management and Statistics at NYU Stern. Her hobbies include reading Wikipedia, eating acai bowls, and lying around in the sun. An avid lover of tiny, furry animals, Linda works hard to give her future cat a better life.

Sam Vitello

Software Engineering Intern

Hometown:
Corvallis, OR

Bio

An Oregon native, Sam graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. In search of the best pizza, he traveled across the country finally settling in Brooklyn. Having worked for a small domestic plastics manufacturer for many years, he was interested in joining the Maker's Row team to apply his skills to help U.S. manufacturing make a comeback. In his free time Sam likes to get outdoors and explore the city.

Mr. Pickles

Director of Happiness

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Bio

Mr. Pickles is the youngest and best-looking member of the Maker’s Row team. While it’s unclear whether he’s more excited about chasing plastic cups across the floor or promoting American manufacturing, Mr. Pickles is nonetheless a vital asset to the team. When he’s not practicing the Pickles dance or winning over the hearts of his co-workers, he enjoys sleeping in warm sunny spots on the floor.

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