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Todd Oppenheimer

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 AtlanticNewsweek, 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."

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Laurie Weed

MANAGING EDITOR

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 TribuneThe Press DemocratThe Best Women's Travel Writing books and other anthologies, as well as various magazines, blogs, and guidebooks.

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Michelle Mitchell

DIRECTOR OF SPONSORSHIPS & PARTNERSHIPS

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.

Larry Rosen

Larry Rosen

AUDIO PRODUCER

Larry Rosen joined Craftsmanship Quarterly in 2020 as the producer of its growing podcast collection. He is a writer and podcaster who’s hosted and produced more than 300 podcast episodes. He’s the co-host of “Storyfort Presents: Voices of Treefort Music Fest,” and “(Is it) Good for the Jews?” He was also the founding co-host of “The GrottoPod: Writers on Writing,” produced by The San Francisco Writers Grotto. Larry is a longtime freelance writer, journalist, humor columnist, memoirist, and short story writer. He is presently the real estate columnist for The San Francisco Examiner.

Editorial Advisors

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James Fallows

NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, THE ATLANTIC

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Rodes Fishburne

AUTHOR & Producer, "Paradise Lost"

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Katherine Fulton

Former PRESIDENT, THE MONITOR INSTITUTE

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Cullen Murphy

EDITOR AT LARGE, THE ATLANTIC

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Ethan Watters

AUTHOR, "CRAZY LIKE US: THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHE"

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William Whitworth

EDITOR EMERITUS, THE ATLANTIC

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