Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 21-years-old Harvard student on a leave of absence. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16. PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States.
Since 2014 they have addressed over 560,000 periods and registered over 450 campus chapters in all 50 states and 25 other countries.. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls.
Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Most recently, Nadya has become the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC.
Most recently Nadya was named to InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World” list, along with Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Menstruating since: 2010
School: Harvard student on leave
Words to live by: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things that I cannot accept” - Angela Davis
Menstruation revelation: When Nadya was 15 years old her family experienced homelessness. During this time she had many conversations with women that were experiencing much worse living conditions than hers. ONce she learned about the methods they had to resort to when they had their periods, Nadya felt a sense of duty towards them and started PERIOD at the ripe age of 16!
Surprising fact: In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge. MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at the polls
Interests: dance, entrepreneurship, movie nights