Staff Members

Staff Members

Operations Director

Email: narada (at) wearefre.org

Narada Lee has served as FRE’s Operations Director since 1999. Over her long tenure she has overseen the administrative side of the organization and impressed members with her superb meeting planning skills, lightning-speed response time and overall ability to make complicated things look easy. Narada came to FRE from her post as grants manager for the Moriah Fund, and she previously worked as a Marketing Officer at the Thai Embassy in Washington, DC in charge of textile trade between the US and Thailand. She holds a B.S. in International Business and Finance from American University. Narada lives with her husband Danny and two sons, Devin and Nolan, a dog and a cat in Rockville, Maryland.

Program Director

Email: jne (at) wearefre.org

Jackie brings a lifelong passion for human rights and social justice—and 15 years of experience as a human rights grantmaker and advocate—to bear in conceptualizing, developing and implementing FRE programming. Her responsibilities include coordinating the International Funders and Youth Leadership and Engagement Working Groups; sharing the direction of FRE’s two annual conferences and fundraising. Prior to joining FRE, Jackie advocated for women’s rights and access to health services in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America at Catholics for Choice, where she also delighted in challenging the Catholic hierarchy and antichoice policymakers on television, radio, blogs and in print. Earlier in her career, Jackie contributed to women's rights movement building in Mesoamerica at Just Associates (JASS); provided financial support to human rights organizations in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and the United States as a grantmaker at the Moriah Fund and supported a cross-national team of international human rights attorneys at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). A proud Peruvian-Texan, Jackie makes her home in Washington, DC.

Executive Director

Email: denise (at) wearefre.org

With decades of experience in the field, Denise leads FRE’s small staff in bringing funders together to maximize the impact of philanthropic dollars in reproductive health, rights and justice. Before joining the Network staff in 2000, Denise was an independent consultant providing a range of communications services for clients, including the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Catholics for Choice (CFC), and the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development. In this capacity, Denise authored and produced numerous publications and other written materials, including monographs, white papers, brochures, reports, journal articles, and grant proposals. Denise previously worked for CFC, where she served as Director of Education and Communications and then as Executive Vice President. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CFC. She previously served on the Board of the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, a national organization.