Jonathan Gardenhire joined Creative Time in 2016. He received a BFA in photography from Parsons The New School of Design and has also taken photography coursework at School of Visual Arts and International Center of Photography. Prior to Creative Time, Jonathan worked at the art gallery Salon 94 as assistant to the director, Fabienne Stephan. Born and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Jonathan was formally the Vice President of the Alfred E. Smith Resident Association Executive Board (2011-2016), making him the youngest person ever elected to serve on a New York City Public Housing Authority resident board in history. During his stint on the resident association, Jonathan helped to spearhead various community programs, activism and protest movements, including organizing and putting a stop to former Mayor Bloomberg’s infill plan to bring luxury development to public housing property. Jonathan is one of three founders of the Black aesthetic collective, Black Folk.