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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
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
Kelly Barr 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
Jordan Leonard, Program Manager
Jordan's passion for jazz and youth development has grown from organizing the revival of Franklin High School's Jazz program as a senior in 2010 to the focus of his career path. At Pitzer College he mentored students, played jazz and worked as a Jazz Music Director at radio station KSPC: The Space. He majored in Africana Studies with a disciplinary focus in History. Much of his work focused on music cultures like Jazz, Punk Rock, Black American music, World music, and in particular the music of the African Diaspora in South Africa, where he studied abroad.
After graduating in 2014, he continued to program jazz and is currently the host of the online show Black Roots Radio at Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle. His journey has also led him to work with various non-profits like the YMCA, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and University Tutor for Seattle Public Schools.
Email: jordan [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
- Jim Bromley, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Curt Clausen, Senior Vice President, Banner Bank
- Kim Clements, JAS Design Build
- Tracy Dobmeier, Community Volunteer, Seattle JazzED Board President
- Elvis Fraser, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Barb Herrington, Community Volunteer
- Libby Hill, Community Volunteer
- Juan Huey-Ray, Artistic Director, Cultural Pursuits
- David Marriott, Jr., Musician
- Shirish Mulherkar, Consultant, Seattle JazzED Co-Founder
- Lisa Orlick, Community Volunteer & Writer
- Thomas Poole, Federal Aviation Administration
- Ortencia Santana, Business Owner and Parent Volunteer
- Julie Weed, Freelance Writer
- Mark Zobel, Radiologist, Overlake Hospital and Seattle Children's Hospital