Jani Nygaard
Communications & Event Coordinator

Jani supports the Education First team as a Communications & Event Coordinator, 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 has 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 in 2018 after spending nearly three years in Asia teaching English to non-native speakers of all ages, 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.

Jani's expertise

  • Virtual Convening & Meeting Planning
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Facilitation
  • Technical Expertise
  • Getting Stuff Done

Recent clients

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Oregon Community College Association
  • The Wallace Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • NoVo Foundation

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Jani likes


  • Driving motorbikes through Vietnam

  • Seeking adventure (in Cambodia)