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
Terry McMillian

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
Stephanie Bay BOD 2021

Stephanie Bay
Co-Vice President

Germany
Shizuka-Suzuki

Shizuka Suzuki
Finance Director

Japan
Jemma-Gallagher

Jemma Gallagher
Special Events Director

United States
Lea-Perceval

Léa Perceval
Program
Director

Japan
Viktoriya-Shirota

Viktoriya Shirota
Co-Program
Director

United States
Tracey Northcott BOD 2021

Tracey Northcott
Corporate Membership
Director

Australia
United Kingdom
Tia Haygood BOD 2021

Tia Haygood
Co-Corporate Membership
Director

United States
Tiffany Rossdale BOD 2021

Tiffany Rossdale
Membership
Director

Philippines
Christine-Brown

Christine Brown
Co-Membership
Director

United States
Amy-Fujii

Amy Fujii

Communications
Director

United States
Maki-Kitahara

Maki Kitahara
Public Relations
Director

Japan
Corinn Wilson BOD 2021

Corinn Wilson
Co-Public Relations
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)