Larry Greenwood (headshot)  

C. Lawrence Greenwood, Jr.

“Larry” Greenwood assumed the position of President of the Japan Society of Northern California on March 16, 2016.  Prior to joining the Society, Larry worked four years in Tokyo where he managed government relations throughout Asia for MetLife and five years in Manila, Philippines where he co-led the Asian Development Bank and was responsible for about $7 billion of development lending a year.  As a career diplomat from 1976-2006, Larry enjoyed two assignments in the US Embassy in Tokyo, postings in the Philippines and Singapore, and a variety of other jobs, including a term as US Ambassador to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group.  Larry is concurrently Senior Advisor to the Bower Group Asia, a DC-based consulting firm advising corporations on government policy and regulations, and a non-resident Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, one of the most prominent think tanks on international issues in Washington DC.  Larry holds a BA from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford Massachusetts. He speaks and reads Japanese.

Miho Miho Greenberg
Chief Operating Officer
Miho Greenberg joined the Japan Society of Northern California on November 20 as Chief Operating Officer. Born in Japan and raised in the international city of Kobe, Miho came to live and work in the US in 2008. She has extensive marketing and project management experience, especially projects that bring together Americans and Japanese. Miho has worked on global branding, including developing B2B/B2C, public relations, and social media strategies. For example, she has conducted ethnographic research in the automotive, pharmaceutical, IT, and food industries to understand US lifestyle trends. Her clients include: Subaru, Toshiba, Suntory FANCL as well as major advertisement agencies. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2011, Miho worked at the MIT Media Lab in charge of managing sponsor (mostly large Japanese companies) relationships. Miho is a graduate of Hitotsubashi University, has worked at two foreign Embassies in Tokyo and at the Dutch electronics firm Philips. Miho wants to use her enthusiasm to improve the touchpoint to Japan utilizing the Society’s programming; increasing the engagement with Japan.

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Language Class Coordinator
Yukie is originally from Nagoya, Japan and has been a resident of San Francisco since 1993. She taught junior high school level English in Japan for several years when she decided to study in the U.S. to increase her proficiency and ability to teach the English language. After she received her MA in TESL from Azusa Pacific University, she returned to Tokyo and served as a program coordinator. This involved designing and selecting the best suitable programs for high school and college students wishing to study abroad. She also has seven years experience in teaching at hoshuko (Japanese Saturday School), which included not only academic instruction, but supporting all the traditional Japanese school events such as Athletic Day and Culture Festival. Yukie has been practicing karate for 8 years, and now holds a black belt. She is a volunteer teacher at the studio. She is more than happy to support and assist people who are interested in studying Japan and its unique culture. For inquiries about Japanese language classes, please contact her at