Board of Directors
Nami Oneda | Akiko Kamata | Gary Moriwaki
Nami Oneda is the Founder and President of The Gratitude Project. Although Nami has been pursuing a career as a fitness professional since 2008, she always had a passion to volunteer and donate to various causes, especially those relating to first responders, military, veterans, and K9 units. Some of the multiple charities she has supported are USO, Mission K9 Rescue, US Vets, Wounded Warrior Project, Canine Companions for Independence, and Injured Police Officers Fund.
After founding The Gratitude Project from the aftermath of 1 October, Nami launched the Hidden Heroes Gala for the LVMPD Foundation in 2018. In 2019, The Gratitude Project was honored to collaborate with the Foundation to officially launch the annual Hidden Heroes Gala of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Nami looks forward to working with her fellow Board of Directors to further expand their mission to honor and thank our heroes who protect and serve our communities.
Akiko Yu Kamata is Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Manager at the Private Banking and Investment Group of Merrill Lynch, Bank of America. She provides the wealth management services to entrepreneurs, corporate executives, businesspeople and professional athletes.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2014, Akiko was Executive Director at JP Morgan Private Bank, managing the Asia team in NY. Preceding her role at JP Morgan, she was a private banker at Citi Private Bank. Akiko earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tsuda College, Japan. She holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP® ®) professional.
Gary S. Moriwaki is a partner at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP in New York City. He has more than forty years of experience in estate planning and administration. His clients include domestic and foreign business owners, professionals and executives from a spectrum of industries. Gary is well-versed in advising clients who have complex, multi-national issues involving ownership of assets in multiple jurisdictions, domestic and foreign estate and inheritance taxes, choice of laws and succession concerns.
As a member of various charitable organizations, Gary is experienced in charitable giving techniques and the formation and operation of private foundations. He is the immediate Past President of the Japanese American Association of New York, a Governor of the Japanese American National Museum, past Vice Chair of the Asian American Federation, Director and past Vice Chair of the U.S.-Japan Council, and a member of the Japan Society, in addition to numerous other non-profit organizations.
Gary is also very active in the Japanese-American community and has served as general counsel to a major multi-national Japanese corporation, as well as the Games Organizing Committee of the 2005 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.