Jamie Blosser, Executive Director
Robert Gomez Hernandez, Design Strategy Manager
Franco Andres, SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow & Logistics Manager
Liberty Manabat, Operations & Events Manager
Board of Trustees
Joyce Idema, Chair
Lael F. Johnson, Treasurer
John L. Marion
Marilyn Lee Steinbright
Meet our team
Jamie Blosser, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
A resident of Santa Fe for almost 20 years, Blosser is the Executive Director of Santa Fe Art Institute, and a licensed architect working to creatively address equity in the built environment through community dialogue. Blosser recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, focusing on equity, resilience, and effects of global urbanization in rural communities. Significant local projects of hers as Director of the Santa Fe office of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects (2005-2015), include the CCA Muñoz Waxman Gallery, El Mirador Administration Building, and the Santo Domingo Safety Complex. Her community design work with Ohkay Owingeh over the last fifteen years has led to revitalization of their historic plaza area, and has been published in several magazines and books, including Architectural Record and the Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook. Blosser founded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative as a forum for peer networking, advocacy, and education supporting culturally appropriate and sustainable development in American Indian communities. She is Executive Producer of a PBS Natural Heroes documentary, airing in Spring 2016. She received her Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert is a visual storyteller whose work changes what people feel and know about ideas, products, and companies. He has directed films, social entrepreneurship projects, and company launches in the United States, France, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Haiti, and Italy. His work focuses on the applied impact of story, design, brand, and image. His portfolio includes work within areas of conflict in Mexico & Brazil, 5.5 million aggregate online video views, and $20 million in sales & investment. He received his Masters Degrees from California College of the Arts (Masters of Fine Arts in Media Arts, & Masters of Arts in Visual Critical Studies), his Bachelors Degrees from the University of New Mexico (Bachelors of Arts in Latin Languages, & Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting), and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Franco Andres, SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow & Logistics Manager, email@example.com
Franco Andres makes work located at the intersection of the naturally occurring and the manufactured. Careful attention is paid to material content and socially inscribed relationships firmly situating his oeuvre within the sculpture tradition. Andres grew up in Miami, FL and after a stint as a pre-medical student at the University of Miami moved to New York City where he studied at the School of Visual Arts and embarked on a career working with interiors. A move From San Francisco to Santa Fe prompted a shift in sensibility contributing to his current work’s gestural aesthetic. As the SFAI Post-Graduate Fellow, Andres liaises between SFAI, community organizations, and schools including Santa Fe University of Art and Design to develop meaningful engagement designed to link SFAI artists-in-residence with students, faculty, and community partners resulting in reciprocal collaborative programming. Andres also oversees the SFAI Volunteer and SFAI Internship-for-Credit programs to assist students in honing existing talents and cultivating new professional skills as part of a not-for-profit focused on addressing the most pressing social issues of our time. Andres holds a BFA in Studio Arts from Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is a SITE Scholar.
Liberty Manabat, Operations & Events Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liberty is a resourceful professional with a history of success managing personnel, facilities, significant projects, including multi-media and special events for the nonprofit, corporate and private sectors. Most recently, Liberty worked for Jackson National Asset Management Company in Chicago. Her time at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a leading national civil rights and human relations organization, ignited her passion to understand and explore ways to bridge the gap between diverse groups of people, through ADL’s premier education program, “A World of Difference.” Liberty has held positions as Special Assistant to the President & CEO of Grenzebach, Glier & Associates, a leading consulting management firm for nonprofit organizations; Vice President of Business Development for Gibraltar Real Estate Company, a division of CBIZ, a national financial and business services company; Operations & Facilities Manager, as well as Marketing/Event Planner for Shelbourne Development, an international real estate company; its major project was the Chicago Spire, a 2,000-foot height skyscraper, designed by the world-renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava. Liberty received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Liberty brings her diverse talent in multi-media, business management experience and entrepreneurial spirit to socially conscious endeavors in Santa Fe. When she is resting her left brain hemisphere, she devotes her time as a Big Brother/Big Sister volunteer, singer/songwriter, actor/performer, yoga/dance/martial arts practitioner/instructor and sculptor.