Colleen Finegan Bailey, Executive Director
colleen@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.373.3368
Tim Jackson, Artistic Director
Katherine Torres, Development & Administrative Assistant
   katherine@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.373.3366
Elizabeth Welden-Smith, Deputy Director
elizabeth@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.233.3711


Tony Caparelli, Finance Director​


Bill Wagner, Production Manager
bill@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.406.1212
Joel Wilmot, Production Stage Manager


ReNae Jackson, Education Manager
   ReNae@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.373.8843
Dr. Rob Klevan, Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Middle School Honor Band Director
Janice Perl, Honor Vocal Jazz Ensemble Director


Katherine Torres, Development & Administrative Assistant
   katherine@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.373.3366


Elizabeth Welden-Smith, Deputy Director of Marketing & Strategic Relations
elizabeth@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.233.3711
Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate and Media Relations
timorr@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.646.8670


Kimberly Zatezalo, Ticketing Services Director
 ticketing@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.373.0366


Bobbie Young, Volunteer Coordinator and Community Engagement Manager
volunteer@montereyjazzfestival.org / bobbie@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.373.8844


AJ McBride, Vendor Coordinator
Dennis Broughton, Grounds Coordinator
   dennis@montereyjazzfestival.org / 831.566.3908


Laura Zehm, President
Carsbia W. Anderson Jr., Past President
Peter Gordon, Vice President​
Mimi Hahn, Secretary
Howard Fisher, Treasurer
Ken Gordon, Member-at-large
Colleen Bailey
Kevin Cartwright
Clint Eastwood
Letty Ledbetter
Scott Scheid
Peter Orr
Larry Williams


Al Adolph
Jackson Booth
Jim Costello
Michael Fields
Ewalker James
Terry O’Connor

Colleen Bailey, Executive Director

A native of Monterey County, Bailey has a long history of leadership in the nonprofit and education sectors. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the National Steinbeck Center. Under her leadership, the Center took over the operation of Sherwood Hall, the largest performing arts venue in Monterey County and developed a new performing arts series, which earned her the title of “Newsmaker of the Year” by the Salinas Californian. She was a founding board member, and the Executive Director of the Youth Orchestra of Salinas (YoSal), an El Sistema-modeled music program in Salinas. Bailey was also an award-winning arts educator and administrator in schools in Colorado, and Central and Southern California. 

A graduate of the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Bailey holds an undergraduate degree from USC, a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Certificate from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Center for Social Innovation.

Tim Jackson, Artistic Director

Jackson was named General Manager of the Festival in 1992, when he took over the duties of programming the legendary event from its retiring founder, Jimmy Lyons. He became Artistic Director in 2011. Credited with revitalizing and widening the Monterey Jazz Festival’s musical spectrum, expanding the educational components to new heights, Jackson returned to the artistic vision of the Festival’s early days by reinstating an Artist-In-Residence and commissioning program. Monterey has consistently been named one of the top three jazz festivals in world by readers of JazzTimes Magazine, winning the top spot in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2016.

Projects under Jackson’s leadership include the restoration and digitization of the Festival’s extensive audio archive collection housed at Stanford University, and the establishment of Monterey Jazz Festival Records (in partnership with Concord Records) for the Festival’s 50th anniversary in 2007. The label won a GRAMMY in 2009 for their release Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival by the MJF/50 All-Stars, which featured Terence Blanchard (the Festival’s 2007 Artist-in-Residence), NEA Jazz Master James Moody, Nnenna Freelon, Benny Green, Kendrick Scott, and Derrick Hodge.

Jackson has served as Artistic Director for Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour. These five tours in 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016, and 2019 have performed to over 115,000 fans in 60 cities in 22 states. Artists featured have been: Ambrose Akinmusire, Melissa Aldana, Kenny Barron, Johnathan Blake, Terence Blanchard, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Regina Carter, Gerald Clayton, Ravi Coltrane, Kurt Elling, Nnenna Freelon, Benny Green, Derrick Hodge, Gregory Hutchinson, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Russell Malone, Christian McBride, Raul Midón, James Moody, Yasushi Nakamura, Lewis Nash, Nicholas Payton, Chris Potter, Jamison Ross, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Christian Sands, Joe Sanders, Kendrick Scott, and Bria Skonberg.

Born in San Jose, California, and a flutist since his teens, Jackson got his start in music production at age 19 at Half Moon Bay’s Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. He also co-founded and is Artistic Director of the nonprofit Kuumbwa Jazz, presenting live jazz and educational events in Santa Cruz, since 1975.

 Other activities Jackson has produced for MJF include two published books, including 1997’s Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years and 2007’s The Art of Jazz: Monterey Jazz Festival / 50 Years.