Please Welcome Josephine Lee, Director Of Programs


The Crucible is pleased to announce Josephine Lee as our new Director of Programs. This role is crucial for developing and managing faculty, classes, events, community outreach, and so much more.

Josephine was born in Los Angeles to Korean immigrant parents. She attended UCLA and graduated with a B.A. in Global Studies. Following her undergraduate education, Josephine moved to the East Coast where she earned her M.S.Ed in International Education Development from the University of Pennsylvania and worked with nonprofit organizations in Washington D.C.

Josephine is deeply passionate about education and creating opportunities for folks who might otherwise face barriers to access. Before coming to The Crucible, she worked as the National Program Manager for Accessibility & Social Services at Girls Who Code, implementing programs and social services across the country. And most recently she was the Director of Programs at Inneract Project, a Bay Area organization focused on empowering students of color through design education and career pathways.

“Josephine comes to The Crucible with strong program management experience and a great background in creative nonprofits and community work. We are thrilled to have her on board,” shared Executive Director, Susan Mernit.

“What an honor to join the Crucible community and take on this role! This is such a special place. I’m excited to learn more and really start building together!” Josephine told us.

Not only is Josephine passionate about education, she is also dedicated to creating programs that engage the broader community. “The power of what The Crucible is doing is so intangible in terms of providing space for the building of self, for mental health, and for growth,” shared Josephine. “In addition to economic mobility, young people and adults need space to craft, to play, and to see themselves. There is such power in arts and creative education—it’s really transformational.”

So far, Josephine has really enjoyed working closely with the Programs Team and learning the ins and outs of The Crucible community. Going forward, she hopes to help facilitate even more community programming while supporting our talented faculty and staff in their ongoing projects. 

Please join us in welcoming Josephine!

If you are interested in joining our creative community as a working artist or staff member, we invite you to learn more about current job openings. We are actively seeking new faculty members and new class ideas from passionate Bay Area artists. If you can teach kinetics, ceramics, welding, metal arts, or other artistic disciplines, we want to hear from you!

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