J.D. Sassaman is the Senior Creative Workshop Manager at Autodesk’s Pier 9 where she leads the workshop’s technical team in running a cutting edge space for innovation, exploration, and fabrication. Over the past four years, J.D. has built the Pier 9 Workshop into a world-class showcase for innovation, welcoming thousands of yearly visitors and modeling a cultural shift in fabrication and prototyping. With a Masters in Architecture from MIT, a certificate in Fine Woodworking from College of the Redwoods, and a B.A. in History from Brown University, her career encompasses craft and design, teaching and fabrication. This past year, she was invited to the White House by the Obama Administration for the Nation of Makers Summit and the LGBTQ Tech Leaders’ Summit.