Who We Are

Our Team


Founder & President

Barbara Lee

Inspired by her grandmother’s stories of suffragists marching on New York City’s Fifth Avenue in the early 1900s, Barbara has worked to educate the public about gender disparities in government since 1998. Today, through the Foundation’s nonpartisan Governors research, Barbara gives women candidates, elected officials, and other leaders at all levels essential knowledge to meet the challenges of campaigning.

Executive Director

Nicole Carlsburg

Nicole Carlsburg leads the Foundation’s nonpartisan efforts to advance women’s political equality and increase women’s representation in the field of contemporary art.


Working at the Foundation provides valuable experience for individuals interested in politics and social justice issues. Our staff members share a commitment to women’s political participation and possess excellent writing, organizational, and research skills.

Open Positions:


Our Board of Directors

Barbara Lee, President
S. Zachary Lee, Member
Robert S. Lee, Member
David Damroth, Member
Emily Cashman Magno, Member
Adrienne Kimmell, Member
Fran Seegull, Member