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ABOUT

ABOUT

 

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After graduating from Rice University in 1993, Jeff began working in peace building and organizational development to learn how human creativity can help solve humanity’s toughest social challenges. From 1996 to 1998, he co-organized and hosted festivals, multi-stakeholder dialogues, and other projects focused on postwar recovery and cultural renewal.

In 2007, Jeff co-founded Reos Partners, a global consultancy that helps leaders from business, government, and civil society address complex social challenges. Jeff left Reos to co-found Magenta Studios, a media and consulting company (magenta.fm / socialsculpture.com). In these roles, Jeff has led, designed, managed, and otherwise supported leaders and positive change projects in over 20 countries. He’s worked on climate, energy, food, water, justice, race, indigenous rights, democracy, peace, drugs, child protection, and other issues, at all levels of power, from the community to the regional to the national and international.  

Throughout all these years, Jeff continued to make art, but, still committed to the application of creativity to social challenges, did not pursue an art career. In 2018, convinced that it was now time to share his ideas, insights, and images with a broader audience, Jeff began a second career as an artist.

Jeff completed a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History (BA) at Rice University (Houston) in 1993, the Consciousness Studies program at Rudolf Steiner College (Sacramento), a year-long course exploring the links between contemplative practice, scientific observation, and artistic work, in 1995, and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from Maine College of Arts (Portland, Maine) in 2003.

He lives with fellow Magenta team mate and partner Louisa and their children in Northern California.