Yoshiko J. “June” Nagao ’96
June Nagao of Tokyo, Japan, is a dedicated Harvard volunteer who has worked to strengthen the alumni community in Japan and around the world. Nagao has served on the board of the Harvard Club of Japan for 10 years, helping to deepen alumni connections across Harvard’s Schools and the Asia-Pacific region. As a member of the events committee, she helped produce diverse programming including an annual intern event with Harvard’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and a reception for Japan’s first lady, Akie Abe.
Dedicated to social and environmental causes, Nagao is secretary of Harvard Alumni in IMPACT, one of the HAA’s newest Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), which brings together alumni across sectors to work toward innovation solutions through investment, metrics, policy, advocacy, climate action, and technology for good. She previously served on the HAA board as a director for Clubs and SIGs in the Asia-Pacific region. She was also a Japan representative for the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance SIG, seeking to develop community among Asian American and Asian alumni globally.
After two decades in institutional finance and investments, Nagao cofounded Paulownia Group, an impact investment firm. She also serves as vice president of the board of GONGOVA, a cross-cultural NGO program between Japan and Thailand.