Social Media Center Faculty

Stephan Rabimov

Director of Social Media Center & Fashion Journalism, School of Fashion

Stephan Rabimov has ten years of experience in digital and print publishing, journalism, social media, public relations and marketing. He is Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of DEPESHA, and a contributing writer to The Huffington Post and Forbes International. Stephan has lectured at Johns Hopkins University and at The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology. Stephan was also Executive Fashion Editor for FourTwoNine magazine since May 2011, and Founder of RABIMOV Public Relations Agency since May 2010, successfully launching Thom Browne, Rubin Singer, and Custo Barcelona in Russia. Stephan directly managed the opening of Nicola Formichetti’s pop-up store in New York City as well as produced runway shows featuring emerging international designers during New York, St. Petersburg, Toronto, and Vancouver Fashion Weeks. Stephan has been interviewed and published across dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Russia Beyond The Headlines Edition, Women's Wear Daily, L'Officiel Ukraine, Vogue Russia, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, Yahoo Style, Examiner, and The Huffington Post.

Stephan holds a Masters of International Affairs, and a MA in Statistics, both from Columbia University. He received his BS in Mathematics from Oregon State University. Stephan is fluent in Russian. He is also Editor-at-Large of 180 Magazine.

Zandile Blay

Part-Time Instructor

Zandile Blay is an award-winning journalist and professor.

In 2014 she was named a ‘Fashion Innovator of the Year’ by Revlon and Refinery29. In 2013 she was named Journalist of the Year by Africa Fashion International at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Africa. In 2012 Blay was named a Semi-Finalist for the Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University. In 2010 she was named on Ebony Magazine’s inaugural Power List.

Blay earned her Master of Arts in Fashion with a concentration in Journalism from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs – both at Syracuse University in New York.

Since launching her career, Blay has held the several roles at leading publications across the world, these include Editor in Chief of HELLO! Magazine’s first African edition, HELLO! Nigeria, Editorial Director at Honey Magazine, Fashion Editor at Paper and Essence Magazine and Readers Editor at Seventeen Magazine. Her work has appeared in several publications including New York Magazine, Billboard Magazine, SCENE Magazine, the New York Sun, Vibe Magazine, the Bergen Record, the Daily News and more.

Blay is based in New York and consults globally.

Jaime Galli

Part-Time Instructor

Jaime Galli is currently a freelance Marketing Consultant focused on the arts, culture, leisure, and entertainment sector. Her clients include the San Francisco International Film Festival, The National Alliance for Media Art and Culture, SF Sketchfest, and more. She was the former Digital Marketing Manager at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and previously the Senior Marketing and Communications Manager for the San Francisco Film Society. She has worked in marketing and fundraising for multiple organizations, both in California and Oregon, including Eugene Opera, The Oregon Bach Festival, The Santa Barbara Choral Society, and San Francisco State School of Music and Dance. Devoting herself, to marketing with a mission, she has presented on email marketing best practices, social media strategy, and branding, and has written about leadership and management in arts organizations. Jaime is also a member of the California Arts Council, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. In addition to her core board responsibilities, she sits on the revenue and resources committee as well as thought leadership.

Jaime received a master's degree in arts management from The University of Oregon and awarded a graduate teaching and research fellowship focusing on initiatives in arts in humanities, performing arts center management, and arts in healthcare.

Chelsea Matthews

Part-Time Instructor

Chelsea Matthews is CEO & Founder of Matte Black, a culture-marketing firm based in Los Angeles that believes in crafting experiences, campaigns, and content that creatively and strategically garner consumer engagement and evangelism. Matte Black clients include POOLTRADESHOW, Juice Served Here, Operation Smile, TOMS, L'Agence, Keratin Complex, Hunter Boots, Goldfaden MD, and many more.

Matthews is also the creator of the Shape Shift Report and Social Derby. The Shape Shift Report is a trend + insight publication blending a mix of culture, thought leadership, and data. Social Derby is a one-day social media workshop that aims to inspire, evoke creativity, and promote excitement about building a community through social media.

Matthews was recognized as a ‘Tastemaker To Know’ in the DELL #Inspired100 campaign, and has been spotlighted in, Huffington Post, Foam Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and on YouTube’s The Stylish.