AVP Next Business & Design
Jane Nakagawa was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up as an “expat brat” moving back and forth between the U.S. and Japan. She received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA in Los Angeles, California. She began her career at GK Design, International (GKDI) as a Planner on package design for Kikkoman and transportation design for Yamaha Motors, USA. After GKDI, Jane joined Nissan North America where for 18 years she served as Director of Advanced Planning and Strategy. In 2008, Automotive News named her one of the top 50 people who made enduring contributions to Nissan’s 50 years in America. In 2009, she joined interTrend communications as a VP of Strategic Planning. Through interTrend, Jane has joined the boards of the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice in Washington, D.C., and the Art Theatre in long Beach, California. In 2016, Jane joined Honda R&D Americas as the Division Director of Advanced Product Planning. In 2019, she became the Director of Honda’s newest division, Future Mobility & Solutions. Her focus now is creating compelling experiences for Honda’s next generation of users.