Our Staff

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 Greenberg

Chief Operating Officer

Miho Greenberg joined the Japan Society of Northern California on November 20, 2017 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.  Miho also contributes a column for online Asahi Shimbun, the second largest newspaper in Japan,  Globe Asahi +


Kendra De Nike

Office Administrator

Kendra De Nike is a California native who has lived in the Bay Area since 2011. She graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University in 2016 with a BA in English Literature, and started working with the Japan Society as an intern for their annual Award of Honor Gala. Afterwards, she stayed on and became their new Office Administrator. Her primary responsibilities include: the everyday running of the office, interviewing prospective interns, preparing for Board meetings, and helping at important events. In her spare time, Kendra enjoys writing, playing video games, attending anime conventions, spending time with her extended family, and hanging out with her cat, Kieran.

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