Unyong Nakata, Past Chair of the YP Program

Unyong Nakata, MBA, CFRE
Executive Director of Development
UH Foundation – Shidler College of Business at UH Manoa

Unyong leads the Shidler Advancement Team that manages alumni relations, fundraising, communications, events, and stewardship. Through her partnership of 10 years with Dean Roley, they have raised nearly $255 million for the Shidler College of Business’ students, faculty, and programs; $228 million of that total to date is from namesake donor, Mr. Jay H. Shidler. Strategic program development, board management, alumni outreach, and donor-centric stewardship are among Unyong’s other strengths. The first in her family to attend College and with scholarship assistance no less, Unyong’s professional journey has great personal meaning.

Unyong was recognized in 2014 as Pacific Business News’ class of “Forty Under 40,” in 2015 as the “Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year” by the AFP – Aloha Chapter, and in 2018 as Pacific Business News’ “Women Who Mean Business” Leader and Hawaii Business Magazine’s “20 for the next 20.” Unyong is proud to serve on the boards of the Bizgenics Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the Young Professionals Program, and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership.

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