Todd has been writing about craftsmanship since 2008, when he profiled Bob Kramer, a master kitchen bladesmith, for The New Yorker (expanded here in our pages). His fascination with artisans, and their unusual approach to excellence, led him to found The Craftsmanship Initiative in 2015. Todd is an author and journalist with more than three decades of experience, and a long-time member of The Writers Grotto in San Francisco. Todd has also written for publications such as The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He has won a variety of reporting awards, including a National Magazine Award and an Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE) Award. Todd is the author of “The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology.”
To learn why Todd started this venture, and his views on craftsmanship’s future, see this interview Tharawat Magazine did with Todd for its special issue on “Modernisation, Globalisation, and the Democratisation of Craftsmanship.”
Laurie Weed joined The Craftsmanship Initiative in 2019 as Managing Editor of the Craftsmanship Quarterly. She brings more than two decades of editing experience to the table, as well as extensive project management, copyediting, digital production, social media, marketing and publication management gleaned from a variety of industries — from publishing houses large and small to nonprofit, travel, and tech. Laurie is also a longtime freelance writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Press Democrat, The Best Women’s Travel Writing books and other anthologies, as well as various magazines, blogs, and guidebooks.
Melanie Eversley is guest editor of the Winter 2021 “Black Artisans” edition of Craftsmanship Quarterly. She is a New York City-based journalist who has covered race, politics, features, and breaking news. While on staff at USA Today, she reported on national stories including the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. As Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she trailed late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis through a number of places ranging from Selma, Alabama to the U.S. Capitol. Eversley also covered Washington for the Detroit Free Press. She has written for BET.com, NBC News online, and The Crisis and Essence, and is creator of the news organization Beyond the Railroad. Eversley graduated from Columbia Journalism School and Oberlin College.
Michelle Mitchell has been a nonprofit director and event producer in the Bay Area for more than 20 years. She has a background in the arts and dramaturgy, and has managed social media channels, built cross-functional teams, and developed a variety of campaigns and marketing materials for special events and launches. Working with organizations such SF Sketchfest; Speechless, Inc.; the California College of the Arts; the Z Space Studio; and now the Craftsmanship Initiative, Michelle has focused on organizations that are making our big blue marble in space a little bit better, prettier, or funnier.
Chris Egusa is a freelance audio reporter, producer, and engineer. He has contributed to KALW, KQED, NPR, and WNYC. He was a fellow in KALW’s Audio Academy, and went on to do an audio engineering fellowship. He also interned at NPR. Before working in audio, Chris was involved in film production and social impact strategy. He has worked with large nonprofits and corporations on developing campaigns that advance social issues. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris plays a variety of stringed instruments and enjoys excellent coffee.