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Jani Nygaard

Events & Convenings Senior Manager

Jani supports the Education First team as the Events & Convenings Senior Manager, using her extensive background in executive support and event planning to tackle complex convening logistics and coordination—both virtually and in-person. Jani has worked with executive teams and planned events across various industries including commercial real estate, sales and design, but found her true passion in education and helping students. Recently, Jani has worked to convert large convenings to virtual platforms for clients including Walton Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Wallace Foundation as well as executing internal firmwide staff retreats.

Jani is a Pacific NW native and Western Washington University alumna, currently residing in Portland, Oregon. She joined Ed First in 2018 after spending nearly three years in Asia teaching English to non-native speakers of all ages in Taiwan and Vietnam, including business communication for clients at Taiwan Stock Exchange, Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), Far Eastern International Bank, Nestle and Yahoo!. Her work in both public and private schools taught her the importance of student support and great leadership in the education sector. She approaches her work at Ed First with an open mind and global perspective.

When she is not working on logistics and deliverables, you can find Jani seeking adventure, laughter and new foods around the globe or biking, hiking and spending time with her husband and son in the PNW.


Strategic Event Planning & Management

Logistics and Coordination


Technical Expertise

Getting Stuff Done

Recent clients

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Oregon Student Success Center

NoVo Foundation

The Wallace Foundation

Jani likes

Driving motorbikes through Vietnam

Seeking adventure (in Cambodia)