Steph is currently a 4th year Information Science PhD student at Cornell University. After completing her coursework a year and half into the program, she did an internship at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Technology and Innovation Division. During the internship, she helped to organize the first-ever White House Maker Faire in June 2014, which was hosted by President Obama. After completing her internship, she continued to work at OSTP as a researcher and has since become the first White House Senior Advisor for Making where she is helping to lead the Nation of Makers initiative.

Prior to joining Cornell, Steph completed her Masters Degree in Information Management at Syracuse University where she worked on an NSF-funded project which examined the applications and implications to Internet governance of Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), a network surveillance technology used for bandwidth management, copyright enforcement and censorship.

Steph is a active member of the Maker community- before she moved to Washington D.C., she spent time at the Ithaca Generator, the local community-based makerspace. As a Maker, she dabbles in everything from sewing and 3D printing to baking (in a previous life, she started up her own all-natural, baked goods company, Cupoladua Oven, with her mom).