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  • Wholistic Living

  • Lifelong Learning

  • Socioeconomic Elevation

  • Community Wellbeing

  • Family Connections

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  • Writer

  • Consultant

  • Speaker

2024 USM Regents Faculty Award Recipient for Excellence in Public Service

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Organizational Transformation 

  • 8 million in direct impact to Baltimore City annually

  • 9.9 million in direct impact to Maryland annually

  • supporting 118 jobs -- 85 from member businesses and 33 staff

  • 55 member-owned business

  • 91% of staff living in Baltimore City

  • 1800 youth served onsite in 2018

  • the largest incubator in Maryland as ranked by the Baltimore Business Journal

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​This descriptive case study examines the launch, operation, and outcomes of Makers Unite, a collaborative emergency PPE production project spearheaded by Open Works. Open Works was able to use institutional trust, community collaboration, and Lean Manufacturing practices to produce 28,270 face shields in 56 days, averaging a production rate of 496 per day. The project included six full-time staff members, five temporary part-time staff members, a network of 388 volunteers and their printers, and two partner organizations until its conclusion on June 12, 2020. The study reveals best practices for establishing Lean small-scale manufacturing, developing institutional trust, building community collaboration, and developing a more agile supply chain in healthcare equipment production and other sectors of the economy.

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Makerspaces are redefining the landscape of innovation and entrepreneurship globally, revolutionizing how we assess social and economic impact. As these collaborative environments gain prominence, there is a need to understand their influence on technological advancement and social capital. This report explores the evolving assessment methodologies for makerspaces, highlighting their role in shaping the future of relational ecosystems and innovation. Specifically, it delves into the rise of makerspaces in the USA, with a spotlight on Open Works in Maryland, and the pivotal role of Coppin State University in advocating for manufacturing policies. By synthesizing traditional approaches to impact assessment with social network analysis, this report helps to advance a new impact assessment paradigm for local production in the region and beyond.


I believe that common interest can be the seedbed for trust where historic distrust exists. Trust drives community-centric solutions.

EICAC 2024 WJZ Baltimore 

Capitol Hill Maker Faire 2019

Capitol Hill Maker Faire 2019

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Urban / Rural Solutions to Common Economic Problems

Dr. Ron Williams - New England Maker Summit 2019

Dr. Ron Williams - New England Maker Summit 2019

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2019 Eurpoean Conference

on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

University of Pelopennese 

Kalamata, Greece

2019 New England Maker Summit


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2020 Industry and Inclusion Project

Academic Advisor

2020 Capitol Hill Makers Faire

A Makerspace's Response to COVID-19 PPE Shortage

Recent Articles
& Contributions

One of my ambitions is to contribute to the academic, corporate, and community discourse concerning issues that matter.

"Top Workplaces are like nurturing communities"

Baltimore Sun

November 29, 2018

Creating a University Driven "Ingepreneurial Ecosystem in West Baltimore: A Strategy for

Rustbelt Revitalization

Metropolitan Universities

Spring 2017

"To Know Us Is To Love Us: Developing a Culture of Data-Informed Inclusivity

Nation of Makers: Make the Data

December 6, 2019

How a Baltimore makerspace is encouraging trust between local residents, businesses, and institutions

Brookings Institution

December 10, 2019


Racial Equity and Advancing the Future of Manufacturing


June 23, 2020

The Century Foundation

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A Trust Framework for Economic and Socioeconomic Advancement

Conference Proceedings ECIE 2019 Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited

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Industry & Inclusion: A Blueprint for Action


June 22, 2021

The Century Foundation

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Industry & Inclusion:

Manufacturing Workforce Strategies Building an Inclusive Future

A UMA Report