The mission is clear, the communication is exceptional, and the willingness of staff and educators to find solutions and opportunities where others see problems is meaningfully apparent.
— JazzED Parent
Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Laurie de Koch, Executive Director

Laurie's professional expertise and her personal passions converge as the Executive Director of this young organization. With a Master's degree in Arts Management, 20 years of nonprofit management experience, and a deep commitment to arts education, Laurie naturally evolved from co-founder to full-time Executive Director of Seattle JazzED in March of 2011.

Inspired by the impact that music education has made on the lives of her own children who were fortunate enough to be in schools with strong music programs, Laurie devotes herself to ensuring that all students have access to exceptional music education.

Email: laurie [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Britt Madsen, Deputy Director

Britt oversees communications, marketing, and development. She joined Seattle JazzED in 2011 after four years at the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras where she ran the nationally-renowned Marrowstone Summer Music Festival and SYSO's public school partnerships. She loves working with the incredible JazzED students, families and supporters who make this young organization so vibrant. Britt graduated from the University of Washington in 2007. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and young son.

Email: britt [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org

Ricardo Luna, Student Equity Director

Ricardo is a music educator and trombonist from Los Angeles, California. He recently moved to Seattle and is currently working on his Washington State teaching certificate at the University of Washington. Before coming to Seattle, Ricardo worked for the Los Angeles School District’s Beyond the Bell Branch coordinating after-school music programs, ensembles and events that continue to positively impact students throughout the district. His most recent work included creating and teaching the BTB after-school community music program which provided quality music education for elementary and middle school students in under-served neighborhoods.

Email: ricardo [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org

Photo: Daniel Berman

Photo: Daniel Berman

Kelly Clingan, Education Director

Kelly is the former Director of Concert Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School, where she taught since 2008. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, she is rooted in Seattle's celebrated tradition of music education. Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis.

Email: kelly [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


Carie Lorenson, Finance Manager

Carie is a contract bookkeeper who began work with Seattle JazzED in the fall of 2013. She and her husband live in West Seattle and have one adult daughter. Carie played clarinet in her high school band, which is also where she met her husband over 35 years ago. Her daughter's experiences playing bass at Garfield High School, SYSO and Seattle Rock Orchestra have brought tremendous joy that continues to this day. She is delighted to help JazzED spread the joy that music education can bring!

Email: carie [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org

Carla Newhouse, Program Intern

Carla is a dedicated alumni of Seattle JazzED and has been a part of our organization since the beginning. Presently she’s helping with the JazzED music and instrument library, data entry, and office organization. Her experience includes volunteering at Sherwood Forest Elementary and Illahee Middle School. She’s excited to be a part of the staff!

Seattle JazzED Board of Directors

Harold Brandford,  Anesthesiologist, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Curt Clausen, Senior Vice President, Banner Bank

Kim Clements, JAS Design Build

Tracy Dobmeier, Community Volunteer

Elvis Fraser, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle JazzED Board President

Libby Hill, Community Volunteer

Juan Huey-Ray, Artistic Director, Cultural Pursuits

David Marriott, Jr., Musician

Shirish Mulherkar, Consultant, Seattle JazzED Co-Founder

Greg Murray, COO, St. Thomas Episcopal Church

Lisa Orlick, Community Volunteer & Writer

Thomas Poole, Federal Aviation Administration

Kathryn Robinson, Freelance Writer

Ortencia Santana, Business Owner and Parent Volunteer

Brenda J. Walker, CEO, TapSuite Technologies

Julie Weed, Freelance Writer

Mark Zobel, Radiologist, Overlake Hospital and Seattle Children's Hospital

For more information about the Seattle JazzED Board, please contact Executive Director Laurie de Koch.