Lanaea C. Featherstone
Featherstone is responsible for developing, cultivating and managing strategic relationships with key stakeholders. During her twelve-year career at ICFJ, she served in leadership positions from senior program director, Knight International Journalism Fellowships deputy director to director of development, where she managed ICFJ’s annual awards dinner, a fundraising gala that attracts more than 600 media executives and corporations annually. As a senior program director, Featherstone designed initiatives in Latin America on issues ranging from immigration to freedom of expression. In 2008, she organized a major international conference in Sweden that brought together 55 media training organizations from 32 countries.
Lanaea holds a master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from The American University in Washington, DC and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University. She is fluent in Spanish and has traveled to more than fourteen countries throughout Latin and Central America. She has been a featured panelist for U.S. News & World Report on topics related to the Latino community. This year, Featherstone was awarded an official Governor’s citation from the State of Maryland and honored with the Maryland Daily Record Newspaper’s VIP award.