Ms. Nagae founded the consulting firm Peggy Nagae Consulting, in 1988. She has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of organizational change, communication, leadership and team coaching, mediation, cultural competence, team building, workforce diversity, strategic planning, and potentiating the human spirit at work. Her clients include corporations, governmental bodies, non-profit organizations, law firms, and judicial associations throughout the United States.
Ms. Nagae received her A.B., cum laude, from Vassar College in East Asian Studies, a J.D. degree with honors from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, a M.A in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, and a Bachelor of Illumination from the Jwalan Muktikã School for Illumination. Ms. Nagae also holds certificates from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University, the Covey Leadership Center and several dispute resolution centers.
She has practiced law as a criminal and civil trial attorney, worked as director of associates at a Seattle litigation firm, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Oregon School of Law, Affirmative Action Director at Northwestern School of Law, and an adjunct professor in dispute resolution at the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University).
Ms. Nagae has presided as president and is currently co-chair of the Diversity Task Force for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She also served as vice-chair, American Bar Association Commission Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; and president, Asian Bar of Washington. In 1996 she was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund Board, where 3.5 million dollars was distributed to individuals and organizations so that the tragedy of the Japanese American incarceration would not be repeated.
Ms. Nagae was the lead attorney in Yasui v. United States, re-opening Mr. Yasui’s Supreme Court case for violating the curfew imposed upon Japanese Americans during World War II. Along with the cases of Korematsu v. United States and Hirabayashi v. United States, this case challenged the constitutionality of such government actions upon private citizens without due process.
She is a former board member of both the Asian American Justice Center and the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, and is co-chair of the Leadership Advisory Council for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Ms. Nagae’s other work is as an author. She is finalizing a book with her co-author LueRachelle Brim-Atkins entitled Heart at Work: Practical Team Rituals that Honor Body, Mind and Spirit.