Margaret Conley, a Bay Area native, is the Executive Director of Asia Society Northern California. She is Chair of Asia Society's global Asian Americans Building America task force. Margaret was previously based in Asia for several years as a television news correspondent with ABC News in Jakarta and Tokyo, and with Bloomberg Television in Shanghai. She was part of the global ABC team that won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for presidential inauguration coverage. Her interviews include Howard Schultz, Richard Branson, Ban Ki-Moon, LeBron James and Beyoncé. Her non-profit experience includes the Berggruen Institute, where she built and launched a Philosophy + Culture Institute with a focus on the US and China. She has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Hong Kong, which specializes in coverage of Asia. Margaret was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2019. She is a member of the International Women's Forum.
Director of Finance
Angela Chung is the Director of Finance. Prior to working at Asia Society, she was working at Agile Fund Solutions, a CFO solutions firm for alternative investments clients. Before that, she worked at PwC, auditing financial services clients and helping audit teams integrate automation into their procedures. She has a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she was a speaker at TEDxUCLA 2017, an active member of Hanoolim: Korean Cultural Awareness Group, and a janggu player in Hanoolim's poongmul (traditional Korean drumming) troupe.
Director of Partnerships & Memberships
Mackenzie Jakoubek is Director of Partnerships and Membership. Before joining Asia Society, Mackenzie was Director of Membership for Marines’ Memorial Association & Foundation, a Veterans’ non-profit, overseeing the recruitment, retention, and cultivation of 14,000+ members. Some highlights of her 15-year tenure at Marines’ Memorial include administering the annual scholarship program, introducing a major donor circle, and coordinating member events with high-profile speakers such as Gen James Mattis, USMC (Ret). Mackenzie grew up in the Midwest and has called the Bay Area home since 2006. She received her B.A. in Fine Art from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She started her career in arts organizations, working at the Peoria Art Guild and the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco.
Nathalie De Spiegeleire
Director of Programs
Nathalie is Director of Programs at Asia Society Northern California. She has lived and worked in Asia for most of her adult life and was posted in China, India, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. She is originally from Belgium, grew up and studied there, and spent time in China, the Netherlands, and the U.S. for language and graduate studies. Nathalie moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2021. Her work experience in Asia includes leading various bilateral chambers of commerce, alumni organizations and a consultancy business where she played a lead role in the narrative-building, strategy design and goal-settings of these organizations. Nathalie holds a master’s degree in Asian Studies from the University of California Berkeley, a Chinese language diploma from Shandong University, Jinan (CN), and a master’s degree in Sinology from the KU Leuven (BE).
Nina Udagawa is the Program Manager at Asia Society Northern California. She was previously the Executive Associate and before that worked in Washington, DC as a Diplomatic Assistant in the Office of Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Japan. Prior to working at the Embassy, she interned at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, and Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA. Nina holds a B.A. in International Relations and History from the George Washington University; she has also studied Chinese and studied abroad at Donghua University in Shanghai. During her time in university, Nina was an active member of the Japanese Cultural Association and published a paper on the Amerasian Identity in Okinawa with the Okinawa Prefectural Government.
Aaren Marroquin is the Executive Associate. Prior to joining Asia Society Northern California, he served as a Chief of Staff with the El Paso, TX City Council. During his time there, he worked to strengthen partnerships with Ft. Bliss Army Base and the Consulate General of Mexico. He previously interned for the El Paso County Commissioner’s Court and the Texas State House of Representatives. His educational background includes a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Texas at El Paso. During his time in undergrad, he focused his research on geopolitical and societal implications of emerging technologies. He was an active member of the UTEP Chicano Pre-Law Society and served as a Student Liaison for the Department of Political Science.