FEW Japan was founded in 1981 and has been run solely by members for its members for over 41 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 Director, Communications Co-Directors, Corporate Memberships Co-Directors, Individual Memberships Co-Directors, Programs Co-Directors. Our board is supported by paid professionals for accounting, social media and executive support. We also have a Career Strategies Seminar Committee, and other Committees. Our corporate members invest in our mission along with paying individual members, allowing us to build a multi-stakeholder community of actors committed to advancing women’s empowerment in Japan.
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 F. Steele
Representative Co-Director since 2020
Deputy Representative Co-Director from 2021
Deputy Representative Co-Director since 2020
Special Events Director
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)