Debra Nakatomi is founder of Nakatomi & Associates, guiding its strategic vision. She designs communications initiatives promoting health and wellness, housing access, energy conservation and sustainable community development. She is an advisor to CEOs and senior executives on organizational growth and culture change initiatives. She consults on issue and reputation management, bringing peace of mind in difficult times. In her early career she worked at the Walt Disney Company, CBS Television, the California Legislature and Japanese American Citizens League.
Debra has served organizations committed to expanding philanthropy and advocacy for women and girls and to promoting health equity and advancing wellness. She is board chair of The California Wellness Foundation and board president of the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation. She is former board member and international commissioner for Girl Scouts of the USA and former board chair of the LA Women’s Foundation and Asian Pacific Women’s Leadership Institute.
Debra is co-producer of “Stories From Tohoku,” a one-hour documentary about survivors of the March 11, 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster that aired on PBS. She is co-producing a TV documentary with documentary partner Dianne Fukami, “An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy,” on the life and career of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.
Debra resides in Los Angeles.