Lead curator Josia Lamberto-Egan is a renaissance man, and though he’d rather we didn’t mention it, he’s also kind of a genius. After a full scholarship at Choate, he rocked an almost perfect SAT score and landed a scholarship to Stanford, but followed high school sweetheart Maria to Pomona. They’d met in Paris on a study abroad trip, where the audacious audiophile borrowed his French family’s bicycle and rode across the city toting speakers and flowers to play The Romantics’ “What I like About You” outside her front door; unsurprisingly, they are still an item.
Josia’s resume defies categorization: 8th-Grade English/ESL Teacher, Dunkin' Donuts graveyard shift clerk, Matlock extra, high-end pants designer (which earned him the 2006 CFDA/Vogue Award for menswear design), historical re-enactor, nightclub salsa instructor, pirate-themed Ebay retailer, rock drummer, and tall-ship crewmember are only a handful of the positions he’s occupied, which surely fortified his stint as a resume consultant.
The ardent feminist and Guitar Hero aficionado, whose beard was once featured in The New York Times, was most recently head instructor for the at-risk youth program at the San Francisco Maritime National Park, where students learned to build sailboats using traditional hand tools and old-fashioned construction methods. The kids always got to name the boats; Josia’s personal favorite was a pram called "Taco Taco Burrito."
Josia and Maria have traveled the world since Paris—this is where we add “travel book author” to his dizzying list of occupations—and now reside outside Durham, NC, where Maria practices as a pediatrician, and Josia is a stay-home dad for their two-year-old daughter. Daddy and daughter days are spent traversing the town and wandering the forest just a block from their house, where they slosh around in the creek, imitate bird sounds, and collaborate on the Next Big Thing for Zoobean.