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."

Kalli White

Marketplace Growth 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.

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.

Lindsay Beck

Marketplace Growth Associate

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.

Elizabeth Denault

Digital Marketing Manager

Hometown:
Santa Ana, CA

Bio

With a background in B2C digital strategy and e-commerce management, Elizabeth's goal is to support industries that challenge the traditional relationship between producer and consumer. Graduating with a degree in Sociology and French from Ithaca College, she started her career absorbing the intricacies of the fashion production industry. As Digital Marketing Manager, she is responsible for building and strengthening our digital presence across communities.

Dan Sipple

Senior Software Engineer

Hometown: Dover, NH

Bio

Born and raised in Dover, NH, Dan grew up surrounded by the remnants of the original Made in America: New England Mill Towns. After attending Boston College and working in Boston, Dan has made his way to New York City and Maker's Row to help build the new made in america movement. When he's not working Dan loves exploring the city and playing with his pet orangutan.

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!

Erica Gizara

CX Associate

Hometown:
Huntington Beach, CA

Bio

After receiving a Structural Engineering degree from UCSD and working as a Civil Engineer in San Diego for 5 years, Erica decided to pursue other interests and dreams. She enjoys country music, line dancing, collecting all things elephant, and traveling with her partner.

Carlos Cuevas

Full Stack Engineer

Hometown:
Brooklyn, NY

Bio

It has been said that Carlos is so Brooklyn, he makes 'Do The Right Thing' look like 'The Departed'. Carlos was born, raised, and lives in Brooklyn and recently earned his Master's in Computer Science at Brooklyn College. When not experimenting with cutting edge technology, he enjoys dominating at fantasy football and engaging in fruitless philosophical debates. He lives with his longtime girlfriend, their dog, two cats, and fish.

Allison Sebastiani

Executive Assistant

Hometown:
North Bergen, NJ

Bio

Allison joins Maker's Row with a few tricks up her sleeve: an educational background in graphic design, computational neuroscience, and Hispanic Language and Literature; a professional background in project management; and a mental archive of random Peruvian statistics. (Did you know Peru has more than 3,000 types of potatoes?) Born and raised right across the Hudson River in NJ, she is inspired by the hustle and bustle of NYC and its vibrant constituents. During her free time, she is usually color-coordinating her planner to the sounds psychedelic cumbia or hanging out in her beloved Chinatown/LES neighborhood.

Mansi Kothari

Content Manager

Hometown:
Scarsdale, NY

Bio

Mansi lives for great art, great food, and great company. She would love to be challenged in a game of Scrabble or race to complete the crossword puzzle. An urbanite at heart, she occasionally retreats into nature on long hikes. A former student of Global Health and History and recent graduate in Law at Stanford, she enjoys pondering about big ideas that will make the world better. Previous workplaces include Wikipedia and the Aga Khan Development Network.

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.

Hunter White

Photo Editor

Hometown:
Atlanta, GA

Bio

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, when Hunter White was 8 years old he proclaimed that he would move to New York City when he turned 18 and nobody could stop him. He discovered that the best way he could make his childhood dream come true was by pursuing another childhood dream, a career as a photographer via The School of Visual Arts, graduating in 2015. Throughout his time at SVA he developed multiple bodies of work that explored the intersection of art and data, crafting hand made objects built specifically for the purpose of the lens. Having always been a maker a heart, Maker's Row was the perfect place for him to both develop his skills as an artist, and pursue something greater than himself.

Toby Jones

Marketplace Growth Intern

Hometown:
Newnan, GA

Bio

Born in a small town just south of Atlanta, Georgia, Toby is currently going to the Fashion Institute of Technology pursuing his degree in International Trade and Marketing with a double minor in French and Economics. Some of his favorite things include Beyoncé, donuts, and Game of Thrones.

Raymond Ferranti

Junior Full Stack Engineer

Hometown:
Bronx, NY

Bio

Raymond is a graduate student with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He enjoys all things software development and spends much of his time fulfilling his insatiable desire to keep up with and learn new technologies. Raymond hopes to one day become a Data Scientist. When he isn’t knee deep in code, Raymond enjoys spending time with his long time girlfriend and their son.

Ariana Bautista

Social Media Intern

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA

Bio

Ariana is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her B.A. in Studio Art and tool belt of marketing experiences help her align with business and consumer passions, embrace environments filled with creative collaboration and create strategies to build online and in-person communities.

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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