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Creators Manufacture Here.

MAKE IT IN LA is a community of creators turning passions into products in Los Angeles. Through educational programming, online content, factory tours, and expert advice, we make connections that celebrate and unleash the creative potential of Los Angeles.

Greater L.A. is the largest manufacturing center in the country, and is home to a vast network of creative technologists and designers and more than 12,000 manufacturers and suppliers in industries ranging from space and special effects to food and fashion.

Join the movement to help entrepreneurs and business owners be a part of something larger than themselves and create products, brands, and communities that matter here in L.A.!

MAKE IT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was spun out of Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s office in 2016 during MAKE IT IN LA Week, and was inspired by a year-long study—made possible by Ernst & Young, Mayors Fund LA, Dun & Bradstreet and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce—by Krisztina “Z” Holly during her term as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the city. The study found that 57% of all factories in Los Angeles County had excess capacity, and they were eager to connect with new customers. The manufacturing ecosystem in Los Angeles—the largest in the country—offers many resources across numerous industries, but it can be hard for emerging businesses to navigate. MAKE IT IN LA was launched to address many of the opportunities identified in the study.

You can explore many of the findings in an interactive version of the study results here.


Krisztina “Z” Holly

Founder & Chief Instigator [Bio]

Nadia Skidanov

Community Associate

Teale Hatheway

Program Coordinator [Bio]

Nikki DeVries

Maker Walk Producer [Bio]

Tracy Randall

Treasurer [Bio]

Craig Enenstein

Secretary [Bio]

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

Michael Corr

Founder, Duro Labs [Bio]

Richard Friedman

Of Counsel, DLA Piper [Bio]

Tracy Gray

Founder & Managing Director, The 22 Capital Group [Bio]

Kellie Johnson

President & CEO, ACE Clearwater Enterprises [Bio]

Karl Kani

CEO & President of karl KANI international [Bio]

Karen Kerr

Senior Managing Director, GE Ventures [Bio]

Adrienne Lindgren

Office of LA Mayor Garcetti [Bio]

Kara Nortman

Partner, Upfront Ventures [Bio]

Sarah Shewey

CEO & Founder, Happily [Bio]

Mott Smith

Principal, Civic Enterprise [Bio]

Kate Sofis

Founding Executive Director, SFMade [Bio]