Trustee of The Asia Foundation

Lotus Circle Advisor



Janet Montag is a community leader and a philanthropist who serves on domestic and international boards. One of her first interests was to provide access to education for women and girls throughout Asia. In recent years, she has taken a more multifaceted approach to empowering women and has also focused on mental health, nature, arts, and the environment.

Janet joined the Foundation’s Lotus Circle in New York City in 2009 and became a trustee of The Asia Foundation in 2017. She appreciates and enjoys being able to see programs on the ground in the region. Janet is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University whose mission is to promote mental health and reduce the burden of mental illness around the globe. She is also a board member of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and also serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy Hawaii chapter. In California, Janet serves on the Parent Advisory Board at Stanford University as well as on a task force for their undergraduate program.

Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Emory University and was formerly a corporate finance banker with JP Morgan. She resides in Manhattan with her husband, Tom, after living abroad in London and Tokyo for over a decade. All three of their grown children live in California so Janet thinks it may be time to move again!