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—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 worked to convert large convenings to virtual platforms for clients including Walton Family Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Wallace Foundation.

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 with her husband in the PNW.

Jani's expertise

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

Recent clients

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • NewSchools Venture Fund
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation

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Jani likes


  • Driving motorbikes through Vietnam

  • Seeking adventure (in Cambodia)