straight for equality
meet the straight for equality staff

Jean-Marie Navetta is the Director of Learning & Inclusion 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, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+).

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 fourth 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 19,000 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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 Learning & Inclusion 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 program’s reach. Since 2012, she also has helped to manage the PFLAG Academy Online, a monthly webinar program for PFLAG chapters nationwide. 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.

Jamie lives in Portland, OR with her two cats and enjoys day hiking and everything else that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Mackenzie Harte is the Learning & Inclusion Coordinator for PFLAG, working with the Straight For Equality program, which aims to invite, educate, and engage new allies in the effort to achieve full inclusion for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+).

Prior to their time at PFLAG, Mackenzie was the Coordinator for Education & Training for the GLAAD Media Institute (GMI,) helping to build and grow the GMI from its inception in 2017. During their time with the GLAAD Media Institute, Mackenzie helped to train over 12,000 activists and advocates across the world. They also worked with media outlets to improve representation of LGBTQ+ people in journalism and entertainment.

Additionally, Harte led GLAAD’s Bisexual+ Awareness Week (#BiWeek) efforts in 2019 and 2020, creating and managing over a week’s worth of digital content and overseeing partnerships with Spotify, the Bisexual Resource Center, and Still Bisexual.

Mackenzie graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center in 2017 with a Major in Political Science and a minor in Bioethics. While at Fordham, Mackenzie held internships at GLAAD, Lambda Legal, and Advocates for Children of New York. During the Summers of 2014 through 2016, Harte was the Director for the YouthWorks program in their hometown of Hull, Massachusetts. Currently, Mackenzie resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Beyond their advocacy work, Mackenzie is a (song)writer, a politics nerd, and a staunch devotee of Carly Rae Jepsen.