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 craftsmen and women, 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, 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."
DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS
Joanell has worked in the non-profit field for more than 30 years. She led new initiatives at UCSF and Huckleberry Youth Programs, raising over a million dollars at these sites, and has consulted to multiple organizations, ranging from new start-ups to school districts and hospitals. Joanell has taught at the university level, led professional development events, and raised funds for many causes employing diverse fund-raising strategies. At this time she works primarily as a coach and consultant to non-profit leaders. Joanell is also a published novelist and non-fiction writer.
John Marcom helped with The Craftsmanship Initiative’s launch effort. His consulting firm, Media BBQ, continues to support Craftsmanship Initiative’s and Craftsmanship Quarterly’s audience development and promotion. John 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. John and his consulting firm, Media BBQ, helped with Craftsmanship’s launch effort and continue to support our audience development and promotion.
NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, THE ATLANTIC
EDITOR AT LARGE, VANITY FAIR
AUTHOR OF GOING TO SEE THE ELEPHANT
AUTHOR, CRAZY LIKE US: THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHE
PRESIDENT, THE MONITOR INSTITUTE
EDITOR EMERITUS, THE ATLANTIC