HKA Account Manager Stacy Nagai oversees a host of nonprofits and other organizations in the for-profit sector. Originally from Missouri, she has more than 10 years of experience in writing, communications, marketing and event management and received a master’s in Communication, with an emphasis in crisis communication strategies, from California State University San Bernardino.
Stacy started her career in Northwest Missouri as a print news reporter for a weekly publication where she covered city governments. She also was editor of Park University’s student newspaper and later interned at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, producing stories, photos and video projects, before returning to Missouri to earn a bachelor’s in Journalism and Broadcasting. After graduation, she returned to The Desert Sun full time before landing a position as a Public Relations Specialist for the international franchise organization American Leak Detection.
Stacy’s multifaceted communications experience also has included work in television news, producing two daily newscasts for KMIR and KPSE in Palm Desert. During her two years in TV broadcasting, Stacy is most proud of the special live segment she produced as President Obama landed at Palm Springs International Airport. Most recently, Stacy was Public Relations Manager at Chapman University where she worked with local and national media to highlight student, faculty and university stories.
Q&A WITH STACY
P.R. in the office of a prominent elected official
A movie that never gets old
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Weekends were made for
Sleeping in, brunch and afternoons at the dog park
On my college dorm wall
Dorm life?! I lived at home to save money.
My four-legged children, Piper (pug) and Daphne Mae (cat)
A song I don’t mind getting stuck in my head
Anything from Journey
Give me an extra scoop of
Trader Joe’s Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip ice cream
I would be a good game show contestant on
Wheel of Fortune (I auditioned, but it was not meant to be)
Brands I admire
Trader Joes, Sprouts, Sugarfina Luxury Candy, Netflix, Chick-fil-A
Guilty TV pleasure
MTV’s Teen Mom OG and the revamped Love Connection with Andy Cohen
I’m a fan of
Traveling, board games, volunteering and reading a new book
I’m inspired by
People who believe there are no limits
Favorite HKA core value
Professional Growth. I love to constantly learn new things and sharpen existing skills – anything to ensure I’m aware of the latest trends.
What I want to read inside a fortune cookie
Don’t look to me for all the answers, I’m just a cookie