The women of Girls Garage are talented, tenacious and full of fire. They are experts in their fields and exemplify the love, grit and all-around know-how we nurture in our girls.

Our Staff

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    Emily Pilloton

    Emily founded Project H in 2008, believing deeply in the power of design and building to excite learning and citizenship. Her first crush, MacGyver, sparked her love of constrained problem-solving and tinkering. She went on to study architecture and building because it was the one thing that allowed her to geek out about everything, from math and structural engineering to ethnography and the fascinating behavior of people. Emily believes that by giving youth, particularly girls and students of color, the skills to design and build their wildest ideas, we can support the next generation of creative, confident changemakers. Her ideas and work have made their way to the TED Stage, The Colbert Report, the New York Times, and more. She is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education. When she isn’t welding with her 10-year-old Camp H girls or co-teaching Studio H, Emily loves to run, write, rabble-rouse, and eat unreasonable amounts of Mexican food.

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    Christina Jenkins

    Christina Jenkins is a teacher and designer who developed her practice over nearly ten years in New York City classrooms. She has taught everything from feminism to circuitry, cartography, and game design. She is currently the Program Director of Project H Design, where she develops and leads workshops for teacher education and creative pedagogy. Christina teaches our Lab classes.

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    Allison Oropallo

    Allison Oropallo is a high school shop and technology educator with over 15 years of building experience. She was featured (and voted Fan Favorite!) on HGTV’s All American Handyman. She currently teaches at the Marin School of Environmental Leadership and the Regional Occupational Program Construction Technology Class at Terra Linda High School in Marin County, California. Allison teaches our Wood 1 and Wood 2 classes.

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    Sarah Chung

    Sarah Chung is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who brings over 10 years of experience developing institutional and informal learning programs. Sarah has designed and taught courses ranging from digital and electronic art, jewelry, sculpture, painting, and collaborative installation. In the Summer of 2016 she was invited as an educator-in-residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco to develop curriculum for informal learning environments. Inspired by nature, Sarah puts technology and tools in the hands of her students so they can make their own connections between the natural and manufactured world. Aside from teaching, Sarah performs experimental music using hand made instruments and designs electronic wearables and jewelry as MijuMaria.

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    Meghann Harris

    Meghann Harris is a graphic designer and middle school educator based in Baltimore. After working as a web designer, she earned her teaching credential from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently teaches Design Thinking and Graphic Design at the Baltimore Design School and is the Co-Sponsor of the National Junior Arts Honor Society. Meghann teaches digital and graphic design at Girls Garage’s summer camp.

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    Alejandra Utrera

    Alejandra Utrera is a designer and furniture-maker, originally from Spain, with a stop at the Rhode Island School of Design before landing in the Bay Area. She has developed products for individuals with autism, and designed and built dozens of community projects with inner-city youth. She is currently the high school instructor of the Studio H program at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, California. Ale co-teaches our Community Design/Build classes.

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    Molly Pilloton

    Molly Pilloton has a background in human development and a Masters of Public Health from Emory University. Her experiences include designing, managing, and evaluating women’s and adolescent health programs in and out of school, most recently at REALM Charter Middle and High School. She is a dynamic and talented youth leader. She loves to bake pies, read non-fiction, and daydream about opening a private investigation agency with her sister Emily. Molly co-teaches our Metal and Lab classes (with a special penchant for lock-picking).

Board of Directors

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    Emily Pilloton

    Founder and Executive Director of Project H Design and Girls Garage
    Lecturer at the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design

    Emily founded Project H in 2008, believing deeply in the power of design and building to excite learning and citizenship. Her first crush, MacGyver, sparked her love of constrained problem-solving and tinkering. She went on to study architecture and building because it was the one thing that allowed her to geek out about everything, from math and structural engineering to ethnography and the fascinating behavior of people. Emily believes that by giving youth, particularly girls and students of color, the skills to design and build their wildest ideas, we can support the next generation of creative, confident changemakers. Her ideas and work have made their way to the TED Stage, The Colbert Report, the New York Times, and more. She is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education. When she isn’t welding with her 10-year-old Camp H girls or co-teaching Studio H, Emily loves to run, write, rabble-rouse, and eat unreasonable amounts of Mexican food.

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    Stephanie Mechura

    Documentary film editor

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    Sarah Rich

    Freelance writer and editor

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    Emily Ritter

    Secretary and Treasurer Director of Marketing at MODE Analytics

Girls Advisory Board

Our Girls Advisory Board (GAB) is an actively engaged cohort of current Girls Garage students. As leaders and ambassadors who share our commitment and vision for the future, they meet regularly throughout the year with our staff and Board of Directors to provide their unique perspectives, insights, and suggestions for improving the program.