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Jessica Kraft

San Francisco, CA, United States

Instructor, Sustainable design

Member since July 14, 2008

Jessica Carew Kraft is a writer, educator, and designer based in San Francisco who grew up in a stereotypical Ohio suburb and has spent the last 15 years detoxing in opposite environments. She studied anthropology and sociology at Swarthmore College, earned an M.A. in cultural anthropology from Yale University in 2001, and an M.Res in cultural studies from the London Consortium at the University of London in 2003. (The PhD is, as they say, ABD.) She’s always created art and has studied at art and design schools in the US and the UK, and spent a year in Israel on a Dorot Fellowship learning about all things Jewish (and sampling lots of falafel).

Exploring and teaching about cultural heritage and environmental sustainability are her chief motivations in life (though eating organic, fair-trade chocolate comes in at the top, too). After spending a year lecturing at Central St. Martin’s Academy of Art and Design in London, she joined the faculty at Parsons the New School for Design, Marymount Manhattan College and other colleges in New York City, where she lived from 2004-2007. Her green passion flourished after reading Cradle to Cradle in 2006, and now, after relocating to the left coast of the US, she teaches sustainable design at UC Berkeley's Extension and at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2008. She also runs a niche business (www.KetubahKraft) designing ketubot, or Jewish wedding contracts (that can now be made on recycled paper with non-petroleum inks).

As a freelance writer, she thrives on researching, reading and going out to green events. In addition to writing online course content for several colleges, she has written for Common Ground Magazine, Positive Thinking Magazine, ArtAsia Pacific, ArtNews and various other cultural publications. In her spare time, she loves to play table tennis with her husband (winning occasionally), identify city street trees + birds, bhangra dance on her rooftop, and plan for the coming days of permaculture paradise.

My Blog / View all (2) Blog Posts

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It's unfortunate that Dana Goodyear chose to depict interior designer Kelly Wearstler as the admirab...

Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, Northern California Chapter

Waste is a terrible thing to waste.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design