Jeff is an artist, teacher, a social entrepreneur, and a co-founder of two companies. At Reos Partners, Jeff focuses on helping people understand, harness, and apply creativity. His approach integrates business and organizational know-how with the creative competencies, experimentation, and introspection familiar to artists. His team has worked in Colombia on collective prosperity, in Australia on child protection, in the Netherlands on sustainability and climate protection, in the United States on transforming violence, and on many other serious social challenges. Jeff is also co-founder of Magenta Studios, which will launch in 2013.
Prior to his work with Reos, Jeff designed and facilitated creative processes for business, government, and cultural leaders at "learning festivals" and conferences with IDRIART, the Institute for the Development of Intercultural Relations through the Arts. In this context, he designed and managed interdisciplinary and intercultural conferences focused on peace and solidarity in the Balkans after the Bosnian-Serbian conflict and organized international events for young people at Castle Borl, Slovenia.
Throughout his life, Jeff has worked with his hands; he finds that physical work is a fantastic training in process thinking, creativity, and execution. He ascribes his ability to lead others through creative processes also to this aspect of his life and work.
Jeff completed a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History at Rice University (Houston) in 1993, and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Maine College of Arts (Portland) in 2003. In 1995, Jeff completed the Goethean Studies program at Rudolf Steiner College (Sacramento), a year-long course exploring the links between contemplative practice, scientific observation, and artistic work.