The New Orleans Master Crafts Guild (the Guild) seeks to revive the building trade traditions of New Orleans families and provide apprenticeship training for new generations of Master Craftsmen through cooperative business practices.
Annie Irvin is a preservation planner devoted to the preservation and maintenance of building craftsmanship as a crucial contributor to the New Orleans’ culture. A native of the city, she holds a BA from the University of Alabama in Art History, with a concentration in Architectural History, and a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, with a concentration in Historic Preservation. Prior to co-founding the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, Annie administered a similar building crafts training program at the Preservation Resource Center, in partnership with the Prince Foundation for the Built Environment and Delgado Community College.
Before co-founding the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, Jenna Burke Sumich completed her coursework in UNO’s Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning Program with a concentration in Historic Preservation. As a fifth-generation native of New Orleans’ Irish Channel, Jenna has always treasured the city’s cultural and historic resources. As a consummate ambassador for New Orleans – both internationally and in the local hospitality industry – Jenna is eager to advocate for traditional builders and enhance the community they serve.
Jonn Ethan Hankins is a co-founder of the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, having previously held the positions of Executive Director of the New Orleans African American Museum, Development Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation, Chief Operating Officer of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and Principal Development Officer for Corporate and Community Affairs at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Hankins has been an advocate for the revival of the traditional building trades for over a decade since he directed “Raised to the Trade: Creole Building Arts of New Orleans” at NOMA, an award winning exhibition and oral history research project about the family legacies of the master craftsmen who built and maintain the built environment of New Orleans. He holds a BA in Journalism/Advertising and a Masters of Business Administration.