Editor and Publisher
Mr. Oppenheimer has more than three decades of experience in journalism, and is a long-time member of The Writers Grotto, based in San Francisco. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times among other publications, and has won a variety of reporting awards over the years, including a National Magazine Award and a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE). He is the author of “The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology” (Random House, 2003, 2004), which was a finalist for IRE’s investigative book award. Oppenheimer has been writing about unusual artisans since 2008, when he profiled Bob Kramer, a master kitchen bladesmith, for The New Yorker.
Gaynor joined The Craftsmanship Initiative in 2017, after a 14- year stint in the Entertainment business, most recently at Ovation, the multi-platform cable network devoted to all forms of artistic expression. As Managing Director, Gaynor brings her passion for the benefits of the arts and craftsmanship to the organization. Gaynor has deep experience working with artists, arts institutions, arts education organizations, and arts advocacy groups. She has participated in several White House initiatives on the arts and arts education, and Americans for the Arts Leadership in the Arts Summit, at The Aspen Institute. Gaynor has won numerous awards for creativity, marketing, and business development. She is a board director for The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (The Scholastic Awards) and The Canales Project, founded by Carla Dirlikov Canales, a recipient of the Sphinx Medal of Excellence.
John Marcom is an experienced journalist and magazine-industry executive. He began his career as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and a decade later went on to executive roles at Time Inc., the Financial Times and Yahoo. His consulting firm, Media BBQ, helped with Craftsmanship’s launch effort and continues to support its audience development and promotion.
Design and Marketing Advisors
Ismael Obregon, Founder and Creative Director, Oishii Creative, Brand and Website Design.
Amy Adams, Snejana Daily, Cora Hirashiki, Founders Sisu Creative, Social Media.
Vinicius Miazaki , Web Developer.
James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic
Rodes Fishburne, author of Going to See the Elephant
Katherine Fulton, president of the Monitor Institute
Cullen Murphy, editor at large for Vanity Fair
Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
William Whitworth, editor emeritus of The Atlantic