Prior to joining PDX Jazz, Chris served as Managing Director of Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA. His background includes developing business and operating plans for new performing arts facilities including AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, TX, and Marion Oliver McCaw Hall and Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center in Seattle, WA; the later where he positioned KeyArena as the number one concert venue on the West Coast for three consecutive years. Additionally, he directed regional marketing and publicity for Bill Graham Presents-Live Nation in the Pacific Northwest, and managed national promotion and marketing at Ticketmaster.
Chris has served as an officer on several arts and education based Boards and adjudicated at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.
He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business Executive Leadership Program, completed studies at Stanford University Nonprofit Management Institute and holds a B.A. in Music and Business Administration from the University of North Texas.
Director of Education
A native Oregonian with a life-long love of live music and the arts, her background includes 12 years with McMenamins as a talent buyer, ticketing specialist and marketing manager. Prior to McMenamins, she was the program manager and house manager of the C.C.P.A. WOW Hall in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to her role with PDX Jazz, Allison contributes her talents to select events in the Pacific Northwest, Los Angeles and Hawaii.