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
Rahul Devaskar is the Director of Partnerships and Memberships at Asia Society Northern California. Before working at Asia Society, he was the Managing Director of the Quakes Foundation, the charitable arm of the San Jose Earthquakes Soccer Team. Before that, he worked for several years in the Pacific Northwest in recreation, environmental responsibility, and building public-private partnerships around the region: specifically with the AAPI community. He holds a Master’s of Science (MSc) in Management, Policy, and Governance from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Rahul loves the multiculturalism of the Bay Area. He enjoys the musical, culinary, and artistic traditions of the South Asian diaspora around San Jose and the South Bay in his spare time.
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).
Director of Programs
Rexille Uy is Director of Programs at Asia Society Northern California. Prior to joining Asia Society, she spent a decade at the Institute of International Studies (IIS), an organized research unit at the University of California, Berkeley. Rexille managed the daily operations, public events, funding opportunities, and financial matters of the Institute and hosted notable speakers such as Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone, President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi, and winner of the 2018 Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society, Professor Jennifer Doudna. From 2017-2018, she also served as the Secretariat for the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). She holds degrees in both Sociology and Media Studies from UC Berkeley.
Nina Udagawa is the Executive Associate at Asia Society Northern California. She previously 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.