Arlene Fairfield photo courtesy of Arlene Fairfield.
Earshot Jazz would like to introduce you to our board members. They’re a group whose work often goes unnoticed by the broader public, but we value their expertise and their dedication to Earshot Jazz. Each month you’ll meet someone new—in March, please meet Arlene Fairfield.
What is your name, board position, and preferred pronouns?
Arlene Fairfield, she/her
How long have you served on the Earshot Jazz board and please mention any other EJ board positions you’ve held if any?
My first board meeting was February 8, 2022
What led you to join the Earshot Jazz board?
I’ve long been a fan of Earshot’s events, the artists, and bands that Earshot has brought to Seattle. I first became familiar with Earshot via the Art of Jazz series presented at the Seattle Art Museum where the venue was magical and the music sublime.
Tell us something you’re proud of that Earshot has achieved.
Even though I am just starting to learn more about Earshot’s history and its wonderful people, I am very impressed with how Earshot navigated the pandemic by supporting artists and producing so many concerts online.
Tell us a little about your background (professional qualifications, job, interests, talents)?
I’ve served on several boards and worked with many non-profit organizations through my social marketing company, Global Change Network, as well as my role as co-founder of Feel Good Action, an organization whose mission is to register and turn out the vote among young people. I am also an enthusiastic jazz parent of a trombonist and vocalist currently playing for the Garfield High School jazz band. Additionally, I’ve spearheaded several fundraising events including the production of Jazz Up Jackson Street, a fundraiser to make Central District school music programs more equitable.