Violinist Rebecca Jackson is a 2018 KSBW Jefferson Award honoree and founder and artistic director of Music in May, an annual chamber music festival in Santa Cruz, California. Ms. Jackson is acting member of San Francisco Ballet and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras. Believing strongly in the power of music to heal and unite, she has performed in many marginalized communities across the U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Costa Rica, and most recently into Said Gawash and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon. Combining her passion for music and service, she is co-founder of Sound Impact. The latest undertaking, in collaboration with her father, is writing the authorized biography of her mentor David Arben, imprisoned in many Nazi death camps and former associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Jackson received her B.M. from The Juilliard School and a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz.