Ms. Foundation for Women Announces Jocelyn Frye as New Board Chair

Ms. Foundation for Women Announces Jocelyn Frye as New Board Chair

Obama administration alum and Senior Fellow at American Progress to head Foundation’s Board

NEW YORK (September TK, 2018) – Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced that Jocelyn Frye has been elected as its new Board Chair. Frye will head the body that offers guidance and oversight to the Ms. Foundation as it implements a new five-year strategic plan that centers its advocacy and grant-making on women and girls of color.

As a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Frye brings years of experience advocating on behalf of women and their families and will steer the Ms. Foundation’s board as they work to intentionally and inclusively reshape the nation’s first women’s foundation. Her history of thought leadership and bold advocacy are critical for her role as the Board Chair. In the past year alone, Frye has spoken out against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court; highlighted the persistent, systemic disparities in Black women’s pay; and advocated for increased support for survivors of workplace sexual harassment, particularly women of color and those in lower wage work.

Frye served for several years in the Obama White House, spearheading former First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity and military families initiatives, while also overseeing the young women’s component of the White House Leadership and Mentoring Initiative. Frye is a former practicing lawyer, who has testified before Congress and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on federal enforcement of employment-discrimination laws and their effectiveness.

“I am excited to partner with Jocelyn as our new Board Chair,” said Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. “She has dedicated her life’s work to fighting on behalf of women, girls, and families in the most underserved and underrepresented communities. We are incredibly fortunate to have her thought leadership at the top of the organization, someone who is not afraid to speak truth to power and who has consistently been on the frontlines of the fight to advance the rights of women. Jocelyn is a tireless supporter of grassroots activists and a trusted leader who will continue help us in our mission to elevate and increase the political power of women and girls of color for the advancement of all women. She is a committed leader, and we could not be more grateful to have her as our Board Chair.”

In August, the Ms. Foundation announced its bold and unapologetic approach to building power and advancing democracy by investing $25 million over five years towards resources and support for organizations led by and for women of color. Frye served as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Now, under Frye’s leadership as Board Chair, the Foundation will extend their grantee-partner support to help build capacity, support policy advocacy, and strategic communications, and will form its first ever 501(c)(4) fund to support grassroots political movements.


About Jocelyn Frye — Board Chair

Jocelyn Frye is Board Chair of the Ms. Foundation for Women and 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, where she oversaw the broad issue portfolio of the first lady, with a particular focus on women, families, and engagement with the greater Washington, D.C., community. Her responsibilities included working on the first lady’s two signature initiatives, combating childhood obesity and supporting military families, and managing the young women’s component of the White House Leadership and Mentoring Initiative, a program connecting selected local high school students with current and former White House staff as mentors, and providing students with a mix of career exploration, college preparation, and educational opportunities.

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, with a particular emphasis on equal-employment-enforcement efforts and employment barriers facing women of color and low-income women. During her 15-year tenure at the National Partnership, she testified before Congress and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on federal enforcement of employment-discrimination laws and analyzed the effectiveness of federal equal-employment-enforcement efforts.

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, concentrating in the white-collar crime-practice area.

Frye received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a proud native of Washington, D.C.

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For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has worked to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. The Ms. Foundation invests in, and strengthens the capacity of women led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of women. With equity and inclusion as the cornerstones of true democracy, the Ms. Foundation works to create a world in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued, and power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.