Sherry Huss is co-founder of Maker Faire and a major advocate of “all things maker” in the global community. A former Vice President of Maker Media, her vision and passion have helped spark the maker movement and she has been instrumental in growing the Make: brand within the maker ecosystem. Sherry has recently joined The Freeman Company team as Innovator-in-Residence and is working on building out the new program with a focus around creating community/building tribes. She has over 30 years of technology marketing, management and event experience and has held senior management positions at MediaLive International, Key3Media, Ziff-Davis and Softbank. Before Maker Faire, Sherry launched and managed successful technology and consumer events such as Sun’s JavaOne, Oracle’s iDevelop, O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Summit and Dwell magazine’s Dwell on Design Conference and Expo.
As a 2017 Forbes Forty over 40 Honoree and a 2019 & 2018 Hackaday Prize Judge, she is passionate about making and the Maker community, and is an entrepreneur, event strategist, marketing maven, innovator, proven leader, community organizer and consultant who serves on several advisory boards.
In addition, she helped launch Gerard’s PAELLA Y TAPAS restaurant franchise in Santa Rosa, CA in July 2018 and produced the inaugural Gerard’s Paella Festival and Cook-Off and The Maker Music Festival in October 2018.