Leslie Jackson Chihuly
Chair, Seattle Symphony Board of Directors
President and CEO, Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Workshop
Currently in her fourteenth year on the Seattle Symphony Board and in her ninth year as Chair, Leslie Jackson Chihuly has led the organization through a period of significant change, including the hiring of Music Director Ludovic Morlot, and President & CEO, Simon Woods. During this leadership transition, Leslie worked to re-position a treasured civic organization, while establishing integrity, transparency, collaboration and excellence at all levels. She revitalized the Board of Directors, created innovative fundraising events, raised the public profile and has positioned the organization to embark on a major five-year fundraising campaign to sustain the Seattle Symphony for future generations.
As President and CEO of Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Workshop, Leslie’s primary role is to ensure ongoing organizational strength to assist Dale Chihuly in realizing his vision, encompassing all aspects of his art, from unique large-scale commissions to museum exhibitions, individual artworks and editions.
She is currently on the Board of the Pilchuck Glass School and has chaired fundraising campaigns for the University of Washington Masters of Fine Arts program in glass, The Hope Heart Institute, and the Viola Chihuly Fund. In 2011 she was awarded the “Women of Influence” Award by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Leslie graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English. She holds a Masters in International Studies from the Henry M. Jackson School at the University of Washington. Leslie and her husband, Dale Chihuly, have one son.