Staff & Boards

GDC 2014 Volunteers

The MADE’s staff is entirely volunteer:

Volunteers GDC 2012

Volunteers GDC 2012

Board of Directors:

  • Alex Handy is an internationally published technology journalist with a dozen years of experience covering videogames, software development, and Bay Area culture. His work has appeared in Wired, the East Bay Express, Business Week, and the Software Development Times. He has won numerous awards for journalism, and his writings have been used in curriculum at Harvard. Slashdot once referred to him as “A well respected figure in games journalism.” When forced to choose, his favorite game is Super Metroid.


  • Dana R. Wagner is the General Counsel for Square, Inc., where he oversees legal, government relations, and compliance matters.  He was previously a Director at Google Inc., where he oversaw the company’s antitrust and competition practice. Among other projects, Mr. Wagner worked on the FTC’s and the European Commission’s conduct investigations of Google, on regulatory matters related to Google-Yahoo advertising agreements in the U.S. and Japan, and on Google’s mergers with ITA, AdMob, and DoubleClick.  Prior to joining Google, Mr. Wagner served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California.  Before that, he served as a trial attorney for the United States Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, where he was responsible for civil and criminal enforcement of federal antitrust laws.  While working at the Antitrust Division, Mr. Wagner was also an adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law.  He received a J.D. degree from Yale Law School and his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.


  • Don Kellogg is a senior researcher at Neustar specializing in apps, network technologies, mobile operating systems and games. Don’s research has appeared in the Economist, New York Times, International Business Times and the Harvard Business Review. He holds a BS in Business from California State University, Chico. Don is intensely interested in how mobile is changing the way we game and challenging concepts of interactivity and game design. If forced to choose, his favorite game would be Morrowind.


  • David Scott David Scott is an indie game developer and founding member of KIXEYE. He made the shift to developing games full time in 2007 after the release of “Flash Element TD”, the first browser-based Tower Defense game – kick-starting a whole new game sub-genre.
  • Anya Wright Anya Wright (Zavarzina) is mostly known as a designer and executive assistant to her husband Will Wright. When asked she usually replies with a smile, “I am a wife. But a really good one!” She doesn’t talk much about her life in Vladivostok, Russia (where she is from) but we do know that before she immigrated to the United States after the collapse of Soviet Union she was attending Far East University, studied English and Mandarin, was professional sprinter and, later a bodyguard. Right now she and her husband work together at their new startup Syntertainment Inc. and as Anya describes it, “We are together in everything”. Her primary interests include Art, Design and Psychology. “I like watching people”, she says, “I love hearing their stories. To me it doesn’t matter who you are; an ex-convict, or the President of the United States, as long as you are a good, decent person. I value sincerity and authenticity in people above all else. If it was up to me your reputation in this life would be your universal currency. You just can’t afford to be a scum in life.”
    Anya and Will have 3 sons and live in San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Dustin Clingman 15-year veteran of the Games Industry, Dustin has developed games for nearly every mobile platform. In 2002 he founded Zeitgeist Games, which was acquired in late 2008 by IMI Labs and relaunched as ZeeGee Games to focus on the growing Social Games market. In 2012 he founded his newest label, First5 Games, to focus on creating games with the core mantra that they “Be understood in 5 seconds and loved in 5 minutes or less!” Presently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Game Developers Association and lifetime member of the IGDA.
  • Van Ha, Treasurer, is mysterious. And organized.
  • Rena Zamora, Secretary. Also organized.

The MADE’s advisory board is made up of videogame historians, journalists and experts.

  • Chris Baker
  • Simon Carless
  • Frank Cifaldi
  • Darren Gladstone
  • George Jones
  • Wil O’Neal
  • Thierry “Scooter” Nguyen
  • Brandon Sheffield
  • Jason Whong
  • Chris Kohler
  • Daniel Rehn
  • Peter Cohen
  • Al Sweigart
  • Jason Scott
  • Jon Peddie
  • J. Michael James

The MADE’s artist advisory board is comprised of people who create games and are familiar with the processes and principles involved in game development.

  • Will Wright
  • Derek Yu
  • Alyssa Finley
  • Laralyn McWilliams
  • André LaMothe
  • Chris Taylor
  • Robin Arnott
  • Rawson Stovall
  • Ian Livingstone, OBE
  • Sarah Roth
  • RJ Mical
  • Steve Horowitz
  • Erin Hoffman
  • Crystal Silva
  • James Clarendon
  • Ed Fries
  • Gaurav Mathur
  • Scott Looney
  • Heather Polubinski

The MADE’s Educational Advisory Board includes experts from games, learning, and education, committed to helping inspire and foster the next generation of makers and leaders.

  • Greg Allen
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Logan De Ley
  • Kristen DiCerbo
  • Kate Edwards
  • Tim Ernst
  • Ed Fries
  • Louis Gonzales
  • Christy Marx
  • Patrick Mork
  • Emma Nothmann
  • Brenda Romero
  • Michael Sehgal
  • Anita Stokes
  • Al Sweigart
  • Josephine Tsay



Open Hours:
Weekends, 12PM-6PM
Gen. Adm: $5, Memberships Available