Meet Jen Schachter, Special Projects Manager

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Jen is a New York native who came to Baltimore for school nine years ago and fell in love with the city. She graduated from MICA in 2010 with a Fine Arts degree, but found herself building and tinkering more often than painting and drawing. After a number of freelance visual display jobs, and curating gallery shows at Brewer’s Art, Jen moved on to Under Armour, where she wrote visual communication to stores across the country on store layout and merchandise display. Continuing to search for work that fulfilled her passions and desire to work for a better cause, Jen learned of a fellowship program through Baltimore Corps, a new social entrepreneurship start-up in the city. As soon as she found Digital Harbor Foundation, Jen knew this was where she was meant to be.

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What has been your favorite thing about working at DHF so far?

I get to make things every day! It’s been a long time since I had the chance to open a sketchbook at work, and now I use it constantly. When I’m not wielding drills and saws, I’m diagramming the next project and brainstorming with a team who shares the same passions for creating. And it’s so rewarding to know that my design challenges are focused on making the space better for the youth who come here to learn and explore.

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What are you looking forward to working on / doing at DHF?

I have so many ideas for the space itself and how we can elevate the functionality and visual appeal. I think we can make the Tech Center even more interactive and showcase student and staff work in new and creative ways. One of the things that excites me most is the idea that our work will be a blueprint for other Makerspaces across the country. The work I did at Under Armour definitely informs that, so I’m excited to see where that project can go.

Cabinet Before + After

We are so happy to have Jen on board here at DHF as our Special Projects Manager! She has been a valuable addition to our team and brings a much needed skill-set and enthusiasm for making and documenting. We look forward to continuing to work with Jen and learn more about her.

 

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