About

Mission

Bringing people together to create, learn and solve life’s challenges with an amazing array of tools, technology, and project-based education. All in inclusive spaces, serving everybody in Oakland and beyond

Vision

Ace Makerspace (Formerly Ace Monster Toys, “AMT”) is a 501(c)(3) non­profit member-supported organization founded in 2011. We support traditional makers and craftspeople as well as hackers both digital and material. Our community brings together people of diverse skill levels by providing resources and culture to build networks, co-work, and engage in projects that benefit individuals and the community at large. The resources we develop include spaces and a wide variety of tools and supplies to support making and learning.

Values

Supporting our mission is met with more than just space and tools. We hold the following values as integral to our success:

Community
We are intentionally growing a welcoming community of diverse people with an economically accessible offering. We bring together makers, craftspeople, hobbyists, entrepreneurs, programmers, creators and hackers in Oakland, CA and the greater East Bay.
Inquiry
The spirit of curiosity is at the heart of hacking, our culture of camaraderie makes for a welcoming place for those who are willing to try something new or ask how things work
Growth
Sharing expertise, ideas and knowledge is what makes growth possible as a community, individuals and professionals
Action
We promote an environment of cooperation where conducting ourselves with respect for each other and the space is expressed though active transparency and communication

Leadership

Board of Directors

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Cela Smith
Director

Cela discovered Ace Makerspace (then Ace Monster Toy Makerspace) at the May 2019 Board Match Event in San Francisco. She is excited to focus on fundraising and analytics and brings a new strategic voice to the board. She was attracted to the strong community at AMT and the resources we offer folks.

Cela brings 10+ years of professional experience including systems and process optimization and a pragmatic approach. Her experience with leading cross-functional teams and non-profit finance will be a true asset on the ACE board. When she is not focused on “closing” projects and initiatives that make things work better she dreams of one day opening an oatmeal restaurant/dog rescue.

Officers

Rachel Sadd 

Executive Director,
Monster Corps Coordinator

Rachel (aka Crafty) is an independent consultant in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She has yet to choose one discipline and can be frequently found consulting on anything from unique wearables to front-end development to design and more. She also likes to teach whether it be 1:1 private lessons or as a volunteer with both adults and kids. During the last four years she has also amused herself sewing, herding cats and hacking culture at ACE and several other Bay Area maker/artist spaces.

Learn more about what Rachel does at AMT here.

Steven Sheffield

Treasurer, Director

Steven joined in September 2018 ACE specifically to help with our “financial things” and support the community. He brings professional experience working with schools across the country. He enjoys helping non-profits worry less about the finances and more about the programming. After moving across the country three times (!) he looks forward to learning the laser and enjoying all the Bay Area has to offer.

Learn more about what Steven does at AMT here.

Matt Cridland

Vice President

Matt joined the ACE FATT project at the end of 2019 through Monster Corps, bringing his professional experience of physical security software creation. After finding his feet in FATT Matt saw that there was a need for more Officers and volunteered.

When not tinkering on software and electronics projects Matt fills his time with guitar, board games and an assortment of other hobbies which is growing by the minute. 

Learn more about what Matt does at ACE here.

Stewards and Team Leaders