Anne Barela

Anne Barela

Engineer, Consultant and Maker


Engineer and Maker Anne Barela is currently a consulting engineer for Adafruit Industries, LLC. She retired as a senior Foreign Service officer and security engineer for the U.S. Department of State. Anne is a graduate of Whitman College in mathematics/physics and the California Institute of Technology in electrical engineering. She has also worked at Hewlett-Packard, the Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Boeing. An avid electronics enthusiast, she started with a workbench and Radio Shack parts in high school. Anne is the author of the books Make: Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket and Make: Getting Started with the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express (both as Mike Barela) and tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System at

Areas of Expertise:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Security
  • Maker Education
  • Management