Jessica Carew Kraft is an educator, journalist and designer. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Yale University and an M.Res in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has also formally studied architecture, sustainable design, permaculture, ecology, and fine art. Raised in the Midwest, she's lived in Brazil, Israel, and the U.K.
As an educator, Jessica has taught sustainable design at the University of California, Berkeley Extension for the past 5 years and has developed curricula for several universities and after-school programs. Jessica also works as an independent print journalist, specializing in cultural trends and sustainability. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Grist Magazine, Yoga Journal, ARTNews and other publications.
In 2008, she designed and painted a 14-panel mural at the Glide Memorial Church rooftop garden depicting sustainable food systems, and she has also designed for Hallmark Cards, Ketubah.com, Glide Memorial Church, EliasandWilliams.com, and several universities. Her gouache artworks used for Jewish wedding ceremonies, (called "ketubahs") are available at Judaica stores around the country.