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.

Linda Bulter

Part-Time Instructor

Linda Butler joined The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) as Director of Marketing and Communications in Feb 2016. In her years as a leader in the arts, Butler has been recognized for her commitment to engaging and attracting diverse audiences in innovative ways. Prior to her appointment, she directed all facets of marketing for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Leading up to the museum's three-year $600 million expansion, Linda developed a closing event that attracted over 20,000 visitors. From there, her strategies to engage the community during the closure resulted in the wildly popular SFMOMA "On the Go" exhibitions and programs, and award-winning #PlayArtfully campaign (received the 2015 MUSE Award for outstanding achievement in Digital Communities).

Linda developed an interest in art as a child in Prague, where she studied modern art at Charles IV University. She also lived abroad in Italy and Mexico where she absorbed elements of the cultures and lifestyles that she wanted to call her own. Returning stateside, she found her way into the arts, directing marketing campaigns and pioneering social media efforts for the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the San Francisco Film Society before landing in the museum arena.

Philip Chidel

Part-Time Instructor

After working for over 20 years in film production with credits that include The Exorcist III, Copycat, The Man Who Knew Too Little, and his own Sundance film Subject Two, Philip Chidel (@pchidel) has carried his talents for filmmaking into the digital media world. In the early 2000’s, he worked as the VOD producer for the cable channel TechTV, where he created and repurposed over ten hours of content per week for distribution across multiple cable and Internet platforms. He was also part of the interactive television team that developed one of the earliest synchronous two-screen applications, for the technology shows Fresh Gear and X-Play. Since then, while teaching at Academy of Art University, Philip has successfully crowdfunded his own short film ‘Til Death and also consulted on several other successful projects, including the documentary Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, the photography publication Lost, screenwriting ebooks for Screentakes, digital distribution for the film Your Good Friend, and more. Endlessly fascinated with the opportunity to engage an audience across all forms of media, Philip continues to foster new independent film and transmedia projects.

Jaime Galli

Part-Time Instructor

Jaime Galli is the Senior Strategist at Imprint Projects, an agency that develops innovative brand platforms for marketing and communications. Imprint Projects work as artists, designers, and curators in partnership with non-profits, businesses, and communities. Before that she was a freelance Marketing Consultant focused on the arts, culture, leisure, and entertainment sector. Her clients include the San Francisco International Film Festival, Futures Without Violence, SF Sketchfest - The San Francisco Comedy Festival, and more. Additionally, in 2014 she was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown.

Jaime 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, University of Oregon, 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 creative branding, and has written about leadership and management in arts organizations.

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 InStyle.com, Huffington Post, Foam Magazine, Apartment Therapy, and on YouTube’s The Stylish.