Justice and Soul Foundation is the shared vision of Matthew Fairfax and Lauren Ebright. Before they ever communicated it to each other, they were individually introduced to the horrors of sex trafficking and the impact on young women, young men and children around the world.
After a salon retreat, the two of them discovered their shared passion, the desire to make a difference. With the support of their teammates, Justice and Soul was born.
After several years of research, planning and interviews, Matthew and Lauren were confident that it would be possible to enlist the support of the beauty industry to create a sustainable, systemic solution that addresses sex trafficking.
Dozens of young people have found a new life because of our efforts. Please join us in writing the rest of the story.
Matthew Fairfax, Co-Founder, Chair
President/CEO of James Alan Salon & Spa and small business consultant/trainer with Northern Torch Consulting, Matthew began his career in the corporate world as a human resources professional. After purchasing James Alan Salon & Spa in 1999, he quickly fell in love with the fashion industry.
Matthew has spent the majority of his adult life volunteering. His first philanthropic leadership role was in the late 1980’s as the Co-Chair for the Freedom Day Committee. Since then, he has served as Board Chair for the Center for Human Services, the Dale Turner Family YMCA, and the Point Edwards HOA. After being made aware of the horrors of sex trafficking by salon client (and now board member) Carol Korpi, he quickly realized he had to get involved. He brings his passion for human rights, his leadership and his vision to the Board of the Justice & Soul Foundation.
Lauren Ebright, Co-Founder
Lauren has been in the beauty industry for nearly 12 years. A Seattle native, Lauren graduated with her cosmetology license from the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in 2006 and began her career at James Alan Salon in 2007. During her six years on staff Lauren fell in love with the idea that beauty could change the community she lived in and the greater world. In 2009 alongside Matthew Fairfax, she co-founded the Justice and Soul Foundation. Her ground level involvement with JASF’s work broadened her skill set and opened her eyes to the power of connection and the ripple effect of kindness. At the beginning of 2013 Lauren stepped away from the Foundation and her styling chair to devote energy to her two young children. After a priceless hiatus filled with diapers and sticky kisses, she returned to hairdressing in 2015, this time opening her own space in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Lauren is thrilled to continue her journey with JASF.
Sarah Fraser Brands, Executive Director
Sarah was born in New Zealand, raised in Canada and has traveled widely. She now calls the U.S. home and lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She arrived at Justice and Soul via the non-profit and fundraising world. Before that, Sarah earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and then spent time in management, ranging from food and beverage to the sales department. These career experiences have been helpful for her role at Justice and Soul. Sarah enjoys organizing events, fundraising, and developing relationships with donors and supporters. She strongly believes in equality and that everyone has the right to live with dignity and respect.
Erin Colleran, Coordinator
A Seattle native, Erin has been deeply interested in other cultures since she was a child. After a few years studying and working abroad in New Zealand and Ireland, she returned to Seattle to become a Certified Travel Agent. She later transitioned into education, working for several years as both a teacher, and administrator for before and after school educational programs. Following the birth of her son and cherished years as a full-time mother, Erin joined James Alan Salon & Spa and met Matthew Fairfax. She has been lucky enough to watch and support the growth of Justice and Soul from its very early stages. Erin is passionate about the work of Justice and Soul programs abroad, and eager to help grow the domestic program in the United States. Erin is a lifelong avid learner, enjoys opportunities to build her community, and most of all loves spending time with her family.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A respected and well known fixture within the Seattle hairdressing community, Lisa has been cutting and styling hair for over 25 years. She has participated in numerous educational classes, been a member of a prominent local artistic team, traveled to New York and LA, and has devoted herself to the art of hairdressing for her entire adult life. Lisa began her career on the Eastside but quickly relocated her talents to Seattle.
Christopher holds a B.S. in Finance from Ramapo College of New Jersey. His relevant professional expertise lies in financial modeling, forecasting, and strategic planning. Using these skills, Christopher serves as Treasurer for Justice and Soul Foundation as well as a member of the board. He has travelled to Cambodia multiple times and seen first hand the issues surrounding sex trafficking. He is eager to promote Justice and Soul in the New York area.
Nemat works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Nutrition Team. She has over 22 years of experience in international health and management having worked in South and Southeast Asia, East Africa and North America. Her work has focused on maternal and child health & nutrition and rural water supply and sanitation. Nemat is passionate about building caring and resilient communities and brings expertise in strategy development to the Justice and Soul Foundation. Nemat was fortunate to visit our training Salon and Academy in Cambodia, which was her introduction to the Justice & Soul Foundation. Upon moving to Seattle in 2016, she was invited to join the Board and became a member in July 2017.
Nemat holds a Master of Health Sciences degree from the John’s Hopkins School of Public Health and a Master of Social Work degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Ali Higgs currently serves as a consultant for financial institutions including banks, credit unions, and trust companies at Compliance Services Group, LLC. Ali has over 17 years working in the financial industry both as a regulator and lawyer. She received both her B.A. in Business Administration and JD from Seattle University and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Ali was introduced to the Justice and Soul Foundation through her stylist and co-board member, Lisa Faber. Ali has a keen interest in providing the “what next” for survivors of sex trafficking and at-risk youth both at home and abroad. Ali lives with her husband in Seattle and is an avid world-traveler. She will be visiting the Kate Korpi Salon in Cambodia in February 2019.
Clint has over 25 years of leadership experience across a broad range of industries including non-profit, media, e-commerce and health care. His professional focus has been organizational structure, change management, project delivery, and process improvement. He has an intuitive understanding of people, and gets his true joy from leading teams to success and developing future leaders.
Currently serving as SVP of Outreach Services for Health Perspectives Group, LLC in Seattle, Clint is thrilled to be working alongside the talented and dedicated individuals who are advancing the mission of Justice and Soul Foundation.
Stephanie Quinn has 20 years experience in sales and marketing in the greater Seattle area. As a mother of two girls, she recognizes the good fortune her daughters have to live in a stable, loving environment without risk of abuse or hunger. Stephanie has worked to help those that have not been so lucky, supporting programs in her local schools and community. She believes helping someone find a path to a new life is powerful beyond measure. As a board member she is focused on supporting the Seattle program for Justice and Soul Foundation and growing it domestically.
Sydney Berry, Co-owner of Salon Services & Supplies, Inc., is recognized within the beauty industry for her honesty, integrity and wisdom. Sydney brings years of industry expertise and her professional connections to the JASF Board of Directors. In addition, she is a member and strong supporter of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA), serving as the President of the Distributor Council of the PBA, as well as serving as a member of the Governing Council.
After 38 years, Carol recently retired from a career in nursing (Home Health and Hospice RN) at Group Health Cooperative (Kaiser Permanente). She has been actively involved with volunteerism and has taken yearly trips to Cambodia since 2006. During that time, she joined a team of volunteers supporting at-risk and extremely impoverished youth, bringing education and aid in order to assist their families (and villages). Carol saw first-hand the sad reality of sex trafficking and decided to do something about it. She approached her stylist at James Alan Salon and asked if the salon could help educate the rescued survivors. Never one to give up, after several attempts, she finally managed a meeting with the owner, Matthew Fairfax. Five years later, she saw her dream become a reality. Carol continues to work in Cambodia teaching English in the villages (and visiting the salon). She has also begun work in South America and is hoping to establish a Justice and Soul salon in that region.
Brianne is an experienced makeup artist who brings to the board over 10 years of beauty industry expertise as an artist, educator, and mentor. She has represented many well-known makeup brands (cosmetic lines), and has acquired specialized makeup techniques and superior customer service skills. Her passion for women’s empowerment and beauty came together after her first visit to Cambodia in 2012. She now serves as both a board member and as the Regional Coordinator, Southeast Asia for Justice and Soul in Phnom Penh. Brianne has also donated her time to raise money for causes such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDs research, outpatient centers and, of course, the Justice and Soul Foundation.