Jessica Mendoza and Maria Rutherford
Women in Sports and Photography
Women Sports Foundation
Women Sports Foundation

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Jessica Mendoza and Maria Rutherford
Women in Sports and Photography
Thursday, March 4, 2010 6:30-8:00pm

Jessica Mendoza has been a member of the US Women’s National Softball Team since 2001 and was a key member of the silver medal-winning team at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. She is one of the top hitters in the world. In 2002, Jessica graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies. In 2003, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University as well.

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In September 2007, Mendoza was officially named to the U.S. Olympic softball team, which captured silver at the 2008 Games. In July 2007, the U.S. team went undefeated, taking home its sixth consecutive Pan American gold medal. For the second consecutive year, the U.S. team captured the World Cup championship.

Jessica was recently elected President of the Women's Sports Foundation, an organization that inspires young girls to compete in sports and encourages fair play among both boys and girls. With many charitable interests, Jessica recognizes her role in the softball world and beyond. She enjoys conducting clinics for children and is paving the path for the future of the sport.

On August 13, 2009, Jessica gave birth to her first child with husband Adam Burks, Caleb Ashton Mendoza-Burks.

 

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Marla Rutherford graduated from Art Center College of Design in December 2004, and received her BA at Boston University for Psychology in 2000.

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She has been able to work both in the fine art and commercial world. Her fine art prints have been displayed in galleries all around the world including Arles, Paris, Milan, Beijing, Lausanne, New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. Currently her work is in the traveling museum exhibition "Regeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow." The show launched in Lausanne and was followed by a exhibition at the Aperture Gallery in New York along with the published book by Aperture Press. The exhibit will travel the world for the next few years. Recent exhibitions include being one of twelve photographers in the Discovery Award exhibition hall of the Rencontres d'Arles photo festival in France curated by Christian LaCroix, a solo exhibition in Luxembourg at Galerie ClaireFontaine, and one of eleven photographers chosen to have work exhibited in the USA Network's "Characters Welcome" project which traveled to seven major cities with a published book by Chronicle in the summer of 2009.

She currently shoots for Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, Los Angeles  magazine, TIME, People,  Fletcher Martin, and USA Network among others.

She lives and works in Los Angeles and Boulder.

 

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