Philip Aarons, Chair of the Board, said:
James was a terrific Executive Director at a critical time in Printed Matter’s history. Marshalling a wide range of external resources after the disastrous flooding caused by superstorm Sandy one year ago, James made tremendous headway towards establishing Printed Matter on firm ground both financially and programmatically. He has worked successfully to pay down our longstanding consignment debt, overseen the launch of a fantastic new website, and most importantly, extended Printed Matter's services for artists by increasing sales of artist publications, expanding the number of artist books and multiples published by Printed Matter and further developing the exhibition program. While we are very sorry to lose him to his new position with the Clinton Foundation, there is comfort in knowing that he leaves Printed Matter well-positioned to continue with its many activities. We're extremely thankful for his tireless work and wish him the best in his next chapter.
Jenkin will be joining the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, a newly expanded initiative of the Clinton Foundation, as the Director of Enterprise Management. There he will help oversee the management of new social enterprises that aim to provide economic opportunities for underserved communities globally.
On his departure Jenkin said: It is with mixed emotion that I have decided to step down as Executive Director. It has been an incredible honor to be a part of Printed Matter and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work with such a talented and passionate community. While I have loved my time here and am saddened to be leaving, the chance to work with the Clinton Foundation presents a unique opportunity to put my strengths to use in a way that I hope will have a significant impact. It is an exciting time for Printed Matter and I look forward to seeing how the organization continues to grow under new leadership.
Printed Matter's Board of Directors has formed a committee to conduct a search for the organization's new Executive Director."
- Printed Matter Press Release