Leadership

FEW Japan was founded in 1981 and has been run solely by members for its members for over 39 years. Legally incorporated in July 2020, FEW Japan Not-for-Profit Incorporated Association is continuing this important legacy of building women’s empowerment as a member-serving legal entity advancing womxn’s empowerment in Japan.

FEW Japan Not-for-Profit Incorporated Association is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected for a two-year term. Chosen from amongst the membership as well as selectively recruited talent with skills that strengthen our organizational capacity and impact in Japan, the Board of Directors mobilizes diverse professional expertise and bilingualism within each of the 2-person teams comprising the Co-Presidency, Co-Vice Presidency, Finance Co-Directors, Communications Co-Directors, Sponsorships Co-Directors, Memberships Co-Directors, Programs Co-Directors, Special Events Co-Directors.

Bringing together womxn from diverse nationalities and professional backgrounds, welcoming womxn of all cultural backgrounds, mother tongues and sexualities, and bringing an explicitly trans-inclusive commitment to our safe space for womxn in Japan, FEW directors serve on a purely volunteer basis and have separate professional activities and family responsibilities outside of their board role. As a membership-based community including individuals, organizations and corporations committed to our mission, we are grateful for these individual directors’ willingness to contribute their precious time and talent in support of womxn’s empowerment in Japan.

Get to know more about our current Board of Directors by clicking the "Learn More" button under each of their names below. If you are interested in getting more involved with FEW, please talk to one of us at our next event or contact us via email anytime!

2021-2023 FEW Japan Board of Directors

Jackie Steele

Jackie F. Steele
President
Representative Co-Director since 2020

Canada
Terri MacMillan BOD 2021-23

Terri MacMillan
Co-President
Deputy Representative Co-Director from 2021

United States
Kyoko Nagano

Kyoko Nagano
Vice President
Deputy Representative Co-Director since 2020

Japan
Shizuka Suzuki

Shizuka Suzuki
Membership
Director

Japan
Corinn Wilson BOD 2021

Corinn Wilson
Membership
Co-Director

United States
Martina Beszedesova BOD 2021

Martina Beszedesova
Program
Director

Slovakia
Tracey Northcott BOD 2021

Tracey Northcott
Program
Co-Director

Australia
United Kingdom
Stephanie Bay BOD 2021

Stephanie Bay
Communications/PR
Director

Germany
Maki-Kitahara

Maki Kitahara
Communications/PR
Co-Director

Japan
Lilly Hart BOD 2021

Lilly Hart
Sponsorship
Director

United States
Tia Haygood BOD 2021

Tia Haygood
Sponsorship
Co-Director

United States
Tiffany Rossdale BOD 2021

Tiffany Rossdale
Special Events
Director

Philippines
Jemma Gallagher BOD2021

Jemma Gallagher
Special Events
Co-Director

United States

Past FEW Board Presidents

The 2021-2023 FEW Board is also very grateful for all of the hard work and dedication of the Boards before them, led by the following past FEW Board Presidents.

  • Elyse M. Rogers (1981~1984)
  • Mary Kathryn Clubb (1984~1985)
  • Virginia Kouyoumdjian (1985~1987)
  • Ruth Morris (1987~1990)
  • Catherine Moss (1990~1992)
  • Patti Salvagio (1992~1994)
  • Diane Morris (1995~1997)
  • Alison Pockett (1997~2002)
  • Verena Urbschat (2002~2007)
  • Julia Maeda (2007~2010)
  • Lisa Gravestock (2010~2011)
  • Sarah Everitt Furuya (2011~2013)
  • Joy Fajardo (2013~2015)
  • Sarah Achilles (2015~2018)
  • Riya Rapp (2018~2019)
  • Kirsten O'Connor (2019-2021)