Staff

  • Jeff Thomas

    Executive Director

    Jeff hales from the great state of Michigan. He left the north woods to attend Northwestern University, receiving a BA in political science. After several years of wandering in Vermont and Europe, Jeff focused on a career in public finance, first at Fidelity Investments in Boston, followed by a ten-year stint as credit analyst at Moody's Investors Service in San Francisco. Jeff said goodbye to the finance world after deciding to devote his energies to arts nonprofits. He earned his nonprofit chops as Associate Director of Development at Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco. In 2012 he, at long last, joined the book arts world as Director of Development at the San Francisco Center for the Book.  In 2014 he took on the role of Executive Director for the Center. Jeff is a longtime linocut printmaker, studying with Katie Gilmartin of Chrysalis Studio.  And as an SFCB certificate holder in bookbinding, Jeff’s appreciation for the craft grows more every day. Up next: the printing certificate!  Jeff is a long-time member of the local Soto Zen community, with stints as both board member and resident of Hartford Street Zen Center.  Weekends find him running, biking, or sitting on the couch curled up with a book.

  • Chad Johnson

    Studio Director, Resident Instructor

    Chad Johnson is an artist, printer, bookbinder, and teacher who has been living in the Bay Area for over a decade. After earning an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he has worked in conservation labs, letterpress shops, and libraries. He has experience conserving historic books, analyzing collections of rare books, working with artists and authors, printing professionally on many different letterpress machines, and teaching and sharing his love of books and printing. As SFCB's Studio Director | Resident Instructor, he brings knowledge and experience fueled by passion and enthusiasm for the art and craft of making books by hand. From digital typesetting to steamroller printing to fixing presses to talking about letterpress history, Chad is always happy to help students and artists learn to express themselves through the powerful medium of the handmade book.

  • Nina Eve Zeininger

    Program and Volunteer Manager

    Nina Eve Zeininger has been obsessed with books since before she could read when she received Harold and the Purple Crayon as a child. While earning a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, Nina Eve took as many book and printmaking classes as possible and after graduating completed the Bookbinding Certificate program at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Nina Eve now spends their time teaching book arts workshops throughout California, making and selling her printed and bookish wares, and playing fetch with their cats. You can view Nina Eve'a work at ninaevezeininger.com and follow along in real time on Instagram (@ninaevezeininger).

  • Jennie Hinchcliff

    Exhibitions Manager

    As a “near-native” of San Francisco, Jennie Hinchcliff has been teaching classes in bookbinding and related arts since 2001. Her bookworks can be seen in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art's Special Collection, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, and the Stadtbibliothek zu Berlin; she has shown work at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Pyramid Atlantic, the New York Art Book Fair and the Tokyo Art Book Fair.

    Jennie's personal work can be seen in the books "1000 Artist Journal Pages" (Quarry Books, 2008), "The Creative Entrepreneur" (Quarry Books, 2009), and “500 Handmade Books: Volume 2” (Lark Books, 2013). She is a co-author of "Good Mail Day: A Primer for Eye-Popping Post", which explores the infinite possibilities of correspondence art. Under the moniker Red Handed Rubber Stamps, she creates wacky rubber stamps for a purchasing public.

  • Cheryl Ball

    Administration Coordinator