Executive Director - Megan McNally
Megan is the co-founder of The Foundry. She graduated Barnard College in 2010 with a degree in
Environmental Policy, has worked on green building construction sites across the country, and worked at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. She moved back to Buffalo to run a woodworking business from 2011-2014. She has been the recipient of Women Who Move The City Award, BizJournal's 30 under 30 Award, as well as Protege of The Year from University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Education Director - Debra Sarlin
Deb has worked in both urban settings (at schools in East New York in Brooklyn and in the Bronx) and rural setting (in orchards and inoculating chickens), and a twisting path across the northeast has led her to Buffalo. After receiving an MFA from Columbia University, she promptly accepted a fellowship in a Foundry (Tallix in Beacon) and then another as a Blacksmith (Peter’s Valley in the Delaware Water Gap National Park). She has provided educational leadership at the Shelburne Craft School; taught in Art, Education, and Computer Science departments; and has toiled in libraries to support college professors developing strategies for using technologies and tools for teaching, analytic mapping, and 3D printing or scanning. Deb abandoned Higher Education to work on community maker projects and an augmented reality application, and still can’t quite believe how lucky she has been to have landed at The Foundry.