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 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


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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

  • 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