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 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.”

Gaynor Strachan Chun

Managing Director

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

Associate Publisher

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.

Editorial Advisors 

James Fallows

National Correspondent, The Atlantic

Rodes Fishburne

Author of Going to See the Elephant

Katherine Fulton

President, The Monitor Institute

Cullen Murphy

Editor at Large, Vanity Fair

Ethan Watters

Author, Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

William Whitworth

Editor Emeritus, The Atlantic

Design and Marketing Advisors

Ismael Obregon, Founder and Creative Director, Oishii Creative, Brand and Website Design.

Amy Adams, Snejana Daily, Cora Hirashiki, Founder Sisu Creative, Social Media.

Vinicius Miazaki, Web Developer.