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 Seattle JazzED. With a Master's degree in Arts Management, 25 years of nonprofit management experience, and a deep commitment to equity in 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.

In 2016, Laurie received an Executive Non-Profit Leadership Certificate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  She is also a member of the 2016-2017 National Art Strategies Chief Executive Cohort through which she received certificates of non-profit leadership from Harvard Business School and University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  In 2015, she was awarded the Jazz Hero Award by the Jazz Journalist Association in New York City.

Email: laurie [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


 Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Britt Madsen, Deputy Director

Britt oversees communications, marketing, and development as the Deputy Director. She loves working with the incredible Seattle JazzED students, families and supporters who make this young organization so vibrant.

Britt joined Seattle JazzED in the early days (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. In addition to her work at Seattle JazzED, she feels lucky to serve on the ArtsFund Cultural Partners Kitchen Cabinet, working on ways to strengthen the arts sector in Seattle.

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 with over 15 years of experience working with students at all grade levels. With a firm belief that music can have a positive impact on students, he strives to provide our youth with access to quality music education.

He recently completed a second music education degree from the University of Washington. His academic training and professional experience helps him build and support music programs designed to teach the whole student. Through music, Ricardo is able to teach students lifelong skills and traits, such as discipline, teamwork, and accountability. “By creating an environment where kids can have fun, feel safe, and be themselves, you create a place where learning can flourish.”

In addition to his administrative role, Ricardo oversees and teaches our introductory Jazz Prep classes, the Benny Goodman Ensemble, the Summer Jazz Prep Camp, and the Summer Jazz Ambassadors Program. Originally from Los Angeles, Ricardo moved to Seattle three years ago with his wife. He continues his own musical journey playing trombone, acoustic bass, and arranging music.

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 is a frequent adjudicator at local and regional jazz festivals, including the Lionel Hampton and Reno Jazz Festivals. She also presents and teaches at regional and national music conferences including JEN, MMEA, HMEA, ASTA, CWU, Arts Schools Network and Berklee City Music.

In 2016, Kelly was named the University of Washington GWSS Alumni of the Year for her work on gender equity in jazz. In 2018, Kelly served on the 'Expanding Opportunities to Learn Jazz in After-school' Taskforce at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Kelly plays trombone in Banda Vagos, a traditional Mexican Banda, performing throughout the Puget Sound area on a weekly basis. 

Kelly recently published: 

Email: kelly [at] seattlejazzed [dot] org


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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

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Harold Brandford,  Anesthesiologist, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Curt Clausen, Senior Vice President, Banner Bank

Kim Clements, JAS Design Build

Tracy Dobmeier, Community Volunteer, Seattle JazzED Board Vice-President

Elvis Fraser, Sankofa Consulting LLC, 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, Seattle JazzED Board Treasurer

Lisa Orlick, Community Volunteer & Writer, Seattle JazzED Board Secretary

Thomas Poole, Federal Aviation Administration

Kathryn Robinson, Freelance Writer

Ortencia Santana, Business Owner and Parent Volunteer

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.