Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, Ore., is a 20-year-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 400,000 periods and registered over 230 campus chapters. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, Mass. 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. Most recently, Nadya has become the Chief Brand Officer of Juv Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC.
Watch Nadya at the 2019 MAKERS Conference: