President, Japan Society of Northern California
2017 Speaker • 2018 Speaker

San Francisco, California

Larry Greenwood assumed the position of president of the Japan Society of Northern California on March 16, 2016. Prior to joining the society, Larry worked four years in Tokyo, where he managed government relations throughout Asia for MetLife, and five years in Manila, the Philippines, where he co-led the Asian Development Bank and was responsible for about $7 billion of development lending a year. As a career diplomat from 1976 to 2006, Greenwood enjoyed two assignments in the U.S Embassy in Tokyo, postings in the Philippines and Singapore, and a variety of other jobs, including a term as U.S. ambassador to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group. He is concurrently senior advisor to the Bower Group Asia, a Washington, D.C.–based consulting firm advising corporations on government policy and regulations, and he is a nonresident senior advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, one of the most prominent think tanks on international issues in D.C. Greenwood holds a BA from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts. He speaks and reads Japanese.