Jamie Smith is an artist and teacher who ardently believes that photography can be a tool for both personal and social transformation.
The communities that have shaped Jamie are diverse: he grew up in Silicon Valley, went to school in Santa Barbara, worked in San Diego and New York City, traveled the world on photography assignments, and currently lives in to Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he spent childhood summers exploring the Susquehanna River with his grandparents.
While a student at UC Santa Barbara, Jamie picked up a camera for the first time and found himself transformed. Mentored by Guggenheim-award winner Richard Ross, he discovered the power to observe and to connect with his subject.
Jamie has shot stories for The Times Leader, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The North County Times, and other publications. Jamie worked with fellow photographers to produce the “Meeting of the Art Waters” exhibit and catalogue, and “Flood,” an exhibit that focused on the impact of the Susquehanna River floods.
To introduce others in this process of personal and social transformation, Jamie partnered with renowned photographer Jay Maisel to develop the curriculum for a series of workshops for adult photographers. Those workshops continue to transform participants’ view of the world.
In 2014, Jamie decided that this very successful workshop curriculum could provide teens with the skills and the inspiration to experience the personal transformation that leads to the social transformation we all seek. Jamie’s friends and collaborators and industry partners agreed to join the ambitious endeavor. The Social Fabric Collective was born.
Jenni Smith is passionate about creating opportunities where participants become empowered to do their best work,
Jenni’s been building communities her entire life.
With decades of experience developing strategic engagement experiences, Jenni has the formidable skills needed to create powerful and productive bonds between the students, community leaders, sponsors, donors, and artists who make up the Social Fabric Collective.
She grew up in a rural California Gold Country town and went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from UC Santa Barbara where she majored in English and spent time working abroad in both Switzerland and the UK.
She is now Vice President of Strategic Services for EGR International, a New-York based agency that provides Fortune 500 companies with engagement strategies to inspire employee performance and customer loyalty. Jenni’s clients work in the healthcare, transportation, consumer goods, and technology sectors of both American and international markets.
Seth has made his mark in the world of contemporary photography with a prolific career spanning education, fine art, editorial, stock and commercial work, as well his entrepreneurial contributions in training thousands of photographers in digital workflow. Chosen by Photo District News as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade, Seth is greatly in demand for his beautiful graphic images in both natural and created light. Resnick has been published in many of the world's most prestigious magazines. His credits include over 2500 publications worldwide and his clients constitute a virtual “Who’s Who” list of Corporate America.
He is co-founder of D-65, an organization teaching digital workflow workshops, webinars, one-on-one training, tech support, and consulting for photographers, studios, agencies, and corporate art departments. Resnick is also a co-founder of Digital Photo Destinations, an organization that combines exotic world travel with photographic education. As a digital innovation consultant, Resnick works with Adobe, Nikon, X-rite, Epson, NEC, and others to help them formulate more useful products for photographers. Resnick was one of 50 photographers worldwide first named as a Canon “Explorer of Light." He is a member of the prestigious X-rite Colorati program as well as an Alpha/Beta and feature consultant for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and the Ilford Masters Program.
Nora Sweeny is the outreach strategist for Stanford’s Product Realization Lab, an innovation incubator where Stanford students have been making the future since 1891. Previously she was a fundraiser at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, content producer of online courses for Stanford’s Lifelong Learning program, director of Alumni Education at the Stanford Alumni Association, and founder of Stanford Travel Study’s Family Adventures series. Sweeny is also filmmaker who received a Webby for producing Peace of Mind, a documentary film about the life of Secretary of Defense William Perry, and a photographer whose work has been published most recently in The Sun magazine.
O'Meara majored in History of Art and Architecture at University of California at Santa Barbara. After graduation she moved to New York City, working at Sothebys, Art in General (a non-profit supporting emerging international artists) and was assistant director at the Curt Marcus Gallery. She spent time working at the Galeria Pelaires in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. O'Meara has a passion for architecture, particularly adaptive re-use of historic buildings. She has overseen various renovation projects at a Modernist hotel in Palm Springs designed by renowned architect, Albert Frey; and the Corliss Engine Factory, in Petaluma, known as Foundry Wharf. O'Meara is an art docent in the Petaluma City Schools district, and is an ardent supporter of art education.
Susan is Chief Compliance Officer and Investment Advisor at Riggs Asset Management. Susan’s career began in New York City with Salomon Brothers, Inc. where she worked as an institutional salesperson of structured fixed income products. While working on Wall Street, she earned her Juris Doctorate at New York Law School evening division. She relocated to Northeastern Pennsylvania after her marriage and joined Fleet Securities and PNC Bank before becoming Vice President at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. She managed a significant client portfolio and an administrative team at BNY Mellon, while maintaining an outstanding client retention rate.