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MAKE IT IN LA is Mayor Garcetti’s new region-wide initiative to connect and celebrate the nation’s largest community of makers.

We are a coalition of organizations whose mission is to support the local manufacturing ecosystem and inspire entrepreneurs to turn their passions into real products in LA. Greater Los Angeles is home to a vast network of creative technologists and designers plus more than 12,000 manufacturers and suppliers in industries ranging from space and special effects to food and fashion, but they are largely disconnected. Through partnerships, online resources, and educational programs, we are a central resource to provide manufacturing entrepreneurs with tools to grow their businesses, drive local manufacturing, and create job opportunities for the diverse residents of the Los Angeles area. Join the movement to inspire entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products here in L.A.!

The initiative was launched on June 21, 2016 during MAKE IT IN LA Week, and was inspired by a year-long study, made possible by 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 initiative is made possible by the City’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program and founding partners that include Ernst & Young, GE Ventures, the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), and DLA Piper. Read about Mayor Garceti’s announcement here.

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Founder

Krisztina “Z” Holly

Founder & Chief Instigator [Bio]

The MAKE IT IN LA initiative was founded by Krisztina “Z” Holly during her term as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for L.A. Mayor Garcetti. As Chief Instigator, she builds partnerships with non-profits and the private sector to help better connect, support, and celebrate the manufacturing ecosystem in LA. She also hosts The Art of Manufacturing podcast.

Team

Jake Swayze

Jake Swayze

Community [Bio]

Michael Corr

Contract Manufacturing [Bio]

Heidi Carreon

Social Media & Content [Bio]

Leah Couvelier

Leah Couvelier

Events Production [Bio]

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

Craig Enenstein

CEO, Corridor Capital [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]