CARLSBAD, CA—The Gemological Institute of America has named Jennifer A. Josef as director of education for the New York campus, effective January 3. Josef is responsible for developing educational outreach to the gem and jewelry industry as well as the general public.
Prior to joining GIA, Josef was the director of public education and interpretation at the New York Botanical Garden, where she developed and implemented educational programs for the public, led horticulture and educational activities, collaborated with other cultural, research and academic institutions, and provided interpretation for the exhibitions and permanent collections.
“We are delighted that Jennifer will be joining the GIA team,” said Bev Hori, vice president and chief learning officer. “I am confident her unique blend of experience from both academia and science will further advance GIA’s education initiatives.”
Josef holds two masters’ degrees: one in geological oceanography from the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, and one in geology from the University of South Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in earth sciences and biology from Boston University. She also sits on the board of the New York City Museum Educators Round Table, and is a member of the American Association of Museums.