Jani Nygaard
Project Specialist

Jani supports the Education First team as a Project Specialist, using her extensive background in executive support and event planning to tackle complex scheduling, convening logistics and coordination. 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.

Jani is a Pacific NW native and Western Washington University alumna, currently residing in Portland, Oregon. She joined Ed First after spending nearly three years in Asia teaching English to non-native speakers of all ages. 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 and hiking in the PNW.

Jani's expertise

  • Executive Support
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Getting Stuff Done
  • Administration
  • Event and Convening Planning

Top 3 Places Traveled

  • Vietnam
  • Nepal
  • Indonesia

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Jani likes


  • Driving motorbikes through Vietnam

  • Seeking adventure (in Cambodia)