CSS 2020 Speaker Nina Cataldo


Nina Cataldo is a Communication Specialist, Writer, and Speaker based in Tokyo, Japan. Her work ranges from travel writing and tourism consulting, to D&I workshops and community building efforts. 

Although she is originally from Tokyo, from the ages 8 to 23 was spent living in the United States (Pacific Northwest). Upon graduating from Seattle University in 2015 with a B.A. in Strategic Communications and Creative Writing, she returned to Tokyo to work at a publishing firm as their sole English Language Advisor and published three English language textbooks. 

Nina left her firm in 2019 at the age of 27 in order to sail around the world on Peace Boat for 4 months as an English-Japanese Communication Coordinator (interpreter). Upon returning to Tokyo, she began her freelance career in the fields she’s most passionate about: communication and fostering human connections. 

Nina is a proud Hafu (a half-Japanese person). She advocates for transparency and the fair treatment of marginalized communities in Japan, especially those who are mixed-race like herself. In the Fall of 2018, she founded a community called Hafu Ladies which is open to all women and female-identifying persons who are mixed-race or mixed-heritage Japanese. The community’s pillars are: Educate, Embrace, Empower. The community hosts monthly academic reading circles, yoga sessions, journaling, social gatherings (online and offline), and events & discussions pertaining to the diverse range of topics and intersectionalities that interest its members. Currently, there are over 900 members worldwide in its private Facebook group.