Ms. Foundation for Women Announces New Board Officers & Members

New York, NY Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced four new officers to lead its distinguished board as well as three new board members. Susan Dickler will serve as Chair of the 14 person body that offers strategic guidance and oversight to the respected women’s advocacy organization. Lynn Malerba will serve as Secretary, Jocelyn Frye will serve as Vice Chair, and Jenna Bussman-Wise will serve as Treasurer. In addition, Seth Rosen, Cathie Harnett, and Suzanne Lerner will join as Board Members.

“Our new members come from unique and diverse backgrounds and I have no doubt that they will be an immeasurable asset to the Ms. Foundation as we continue the fight for gender equality,” said Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. “We are incredibly lucky to bring them into leadership and continue to draw from their immense experience, wisdom, and insight as we continue to work towards establishing full social, political, and economic equality for all women, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.”

Background on the incoming board officers and members below and at

Susan Dickler – Chair

Dickler has decades of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, focusing primarily on women’s and girls’ reproductive health and rights. She previously served as the Ms. Foundation for Women Director of the Reproductive Rights and Health Program and has also held positions at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood of NYC, and Voters for Choice – a pro-choice PAC where she served as Executive Director. Dickler also worked with her parents to establish a foundation in their name and served as its Executive Director. Currently, she also serves as the Chair of the Board of Provide (formerly the Abortion Access Project) and on the Boards of Directors of South Africa Partners and Media Voices for Children.

Lynn Malerba – Secretary

Malerba is the Chief of the Mohegan Tribe, the first female Chief in the tribe’s modern history. Prior to becoming Chief, she served as Chairwoman of the Tribal Council, and also worked in Tribal Government as Executive Director of Health and Human Services. Preceding her work for the for the Mohegan Tribe, Malerba had a lengthy career as a registered nurse ultimately as the Director of Cardiology and Pulmonary Services at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT.

Jocelyn Frye – Vice Chair

Frye is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where her work focuses on a wide range of women’s issues, including work-family balance, pay equity, and women’s leadership. Prior to joining American Progress, Frye served for four years as deputy assistant to the President and director of policy and special projects for the First Lady. Before joining the Obama administration, Frye served as general counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she concentrated on employment and gender-discrimination issues. Prior to her work at the National Partnership, she worked for four years as an associate at Crowell & Moring, a Washington, D.C., law firm.

Jenna Bussman-Wise – Treasurer

Bussman-Wise joined AIG Investments in 2012 as a Vice President and currently invests and allocates a $4.3 billion portfolio of hedge fund investments on behalf of AIG and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining AIG, she held positions at Deutsche Bank Securities, Adair Capital, LLC, and Channel Capital, LLC.  She started her career in 2002 at Chubb Insurance Company within the Department of Financial Institutions where she specialized in underwriting hedge fund and private equity firms.

Seth Rosen – Board Member

Rosen is a Senior Associate at Joan Garry Consulting, and has extensive experience with fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Throughout his career, Rosen has worked at the American Civil Liberties Union, Malaria No More and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first HIV/AIDS service organization. He was recently profiled in the Wall Street Journal, along with his husband, for their philanthropic efforts.

Cathie Harnett – Board Member

Harnett is an entrepreneur and nonprofit executive management consultant in strategic planning, leadership transition and philanthropy. She provides management and strategic consulting to corporate and family foundations that strive to give access and opportunities to those less fortunate. She currently serves on the boards of several organizations that focus on empowering young women and caring for at-risk youth.

Suzanne Lerner – Board Member

Lerner is President of Michael Stars and Lerner Et Cie, two businesses in the fashion industry. As an entrepreneur, political activist and philanthropist, Lerner has decades of experience in business and philanthropy, and is dedicated to causes like gender equality, social justice and economic empowerment.

Also serving on the Ms. Foundation’s board are Eve E. Ellis, Heather Arnet, Lauren Embrey, Alicia Lara, Simone Sneed, Gail Wasserman, and Tom Watson.


For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in trailblazing organizations nationwide.