Molly Rae Thorkelson is the current Chief Operating Officer at Adafruit Industries. After earning her B.A. in architecture from Columbia University, she worked as a construction manager in Manhattan with Ryan Associates and Greenlight Construction and as an architectural designer in South America with FAR Architects. In 2009 she completed a Fulbright on contemporary architectural practice in Santiago de Chile. Her essay on the design of contemporary cemeteries and crematoriums appears in Modern Architecture: A Comparative Critique, published by Rizzoli and edited by Kenneth Frampton. Her first foray into the tech industry was in 2010 at wework llc, creating incubator/coworking space for New York’s burgeoning startup industry. She has been at Adafruit since 2012.