Lotus Circle Advisor
Janet Montag joined The Asia Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016. She is a community leader and a philanthropist residing in New York City after living abroad in London and Tokyo. Furthering her interest in Asia, she has been an advisory board member of ARZU Studio Hope since 2012, an organization committed to empowering women in Afghanistan and breaking the cycle of poverty through sourcing and selling rugs, as well as a former trustee of Asian University for Women, a higher education institution for women across Asia based in Bangladesh.
She is proud to promote mental health and reduce the burden of mental illness as a founding member and chair of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program. As a lover of nature, Janet is a board member of the New York Botanical Garden based in the Bronx, a trustee of the The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, and on the International Advisory Board of the Portland Japanese Garden. She is also active at Stanford University where she sits on a task force for undergraduate education as well as the Parent Advisory Board. Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Emory University and she is a former corporate finance banker with JP Morgan.