Executive Director - Megan McNally
Megan is the co-founder of The Foundry. She graduated from Barnard College with a degree in Environmental Policy, has worked on green building construction sites across the country, and gained experience in woodworking at Yestermorrow Design/Build School. She moved back to Buffalo to run a woodworking business from 2011-2014 and is passionate about supporting women and people of color in "non-traditional" career pathways. She is active in Big Brothers Big Sisters and encourages everyone to consider mentorship. She has been the recipient of Women Who Move The City Award, BizJournal's 30 under 30 Award, Protege of The Year from University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and one of the finalists in the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo Centennial Awards.
Director of Curriculum + Instruction - Amina Boyd
Amina is a well rounded creative and educator who loves hands-on learning and exploration. She comes to The Foundry with a significant background in K-12 education, media production and screen-printing, and a passion to support youth of color in career exploration. She loves working with people of all ages to help them uncover their untapped potential and is excited to help cultivate more creatives and entrepreneurs within The Foundry. She develops our interactive, maker-focused curriculum to support students in afterschool as well as in our workforce development training opportunities.
Youth Business Director (FOUNDRYmade) - Adam Ianni
Adam is a former hobo and roustabout who found his calling making things for and with communities. An experienced educator and maker, he believes that everyone should have access to the means of production. As the former Education Director for GObike Buffalo, he helped build a community center where anyone could learn the intricacies of bicycle mechanics and find a place they could call their own. Adam loves woodworking, playing with trash, dust collection, giant robots, and participatory learning environments.
Office Manager - Emma Brittain - Hardy
Emma wears many hats in our organization and community. Along with being office manager she is a teaching artist and small business tenant at the Foundry. On any given day you may see her working on her own pottery or sculptures, supervising Open Maker Hours, teaching classes in the tech or textile lab, or helping with our youth programs. She loves everything related to art and tinkering, she jokes that she "collects hobbies". Emma is always willing to learn more and also to share her own knowledge.
Development Director - Melissa Rechin
Melissa is a creative, crafter and hobbyist with a steadfast desire to explore new hands-on learning. She comes to The Foundry with experience in nonprofit communications & marketing, artistic entrepreneurial support, and membership / donor relations. Melissa is passionate about the importance of establishing welcoming, inclusive spaces for creative expression and hands-on education without the barriers of cost, skill-level, and other cultural challenges. She works on grant writing and developing new strategies for increasing donor support in order to continually spread our mission here at The Foundry.