straight for equality
meet the straight for equality staff

Jean-Marie Navetta is the Director of Equality & Diversity Partnerships for PFLAG National, leading its Straight for Equality project which aims to invite, educate, and engage new allies in the effort to achieve full inclusion for people who are lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

She has been the lead architect of the project since its 2007 inception. She was the primary author of the guide to being a straight ally (now in its third edition), Straight for Equality in Healthcare (2010), be not afraid – help is on the way: straight for equality in faith communities (2012), and the guide to being a trans ally (2014). Under her leadership, over 12,000 people have been trained, many in Straight for Equality in the Workplace events across the U.S. in more than 120 major corporations.

In 2011, she was the staff lead in developing and launching PFLAG Academy Online, a monthly web-based learning program for PFLAG chapters to build their skills and understand more about LGBT issues. In 2012, she was named a finalist for the Outie Award in the Trailblazer category by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates for her contributions to LGBT inclusion and education.

Jean-Marie is the former Director of Communications for PFLAG where she increased the organization’s visibility in outlets including The New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She was also Media Relations Manager for the American Association of University Women, where her work focused on issues such as discrimination in education, pay equity, and Title IX.

But Jean-Marie is, most importantly, living proof that Philosophy majors can get real jobs.

Jamie Henkel is the Equality & Diversity Partnerships Manager at PFLAG National. She works with PFLAG chapters on ally engagement programming, cultivates Straight for Equality’s online presence, supports the development of new Straight for Equality publications and learning sessions, and is one of the program’s learning session educators.

Jamie joined the PFLAG National staff in April 2008 as Operations Associate and worked with the Operations team for three years. In 2011, she joined the Equality and Diversity Partnerships team as the Equality & Diversity Partnership Coordinator and has been an integral part of expanding the Straight for Equality project’s reach. Since 2012, she also has helped to manage the PFLAG Academy Online, a monthly webinar program for PFLAG chapters nationwide.

Prior to her time at PFLAG National, Jamie completed two internships with the Richmond Peace Education Center and Hope in the Cities. While working with the Peace Center, she worked on initial research for the organization’s Peace Curriculum and organized a forum called “Torture and the War on Terror.” At Hope in the Cities, her work was primarily focused on aiding in the development of The Connecting Communities Fellowship Program.

She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice Studies. She also received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from George Mason University.