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. 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 second edition), Straight for Equality in Healthcare (2010), and, most recently, wrote be not afraid – help is on the way: straight for equality in faith communities (2012). Under her leadership, over 10,000 people have been trained, many in Straight for Equality in the Workplace events across the U.S. in over 90 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.

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.

A former graphic designer, Jean-Marie has also worked to make the world a better (and more attractive) place through her creative services consulting group that she led with her brother. In 2011 Jean-Marie was a featured contributor to the book Comp It Up: A Studio Skills Foundation.

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. In this role, her primary responsibility is to find ways to further utilize PFLAG’s Straight for Equality program beyond its unprecedented success in the workplace. She will be working with PFLAG chapters, developing Straight for Equality’s online presence, and working to promote Straight for Equality’s new materials such as Straight for Equality in Healthcare and Straight for Equality in Faith Communities. Since 2012 she also has helped to manage the PFLAG Academy Online program.

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. Prior to her time at PFLAG she completed two internships while in college 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.

Jamie is excited to be with the Equality & Diversity Partnerships team and learning more about LGBT support, education, and advocacy through the Straight for Equality project.

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 recently received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from George Mason University. 


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