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Mako Nagasawa

Director of NHI

Boston, MA


Mako grew up in Cerritos, CA and went north to Stanford, where he studied Industrial Engineering and Public Policy, with a focus on education.  He worked at Intel Corp for 6 years while serving a Spanish-speaking ministry to Mexican immigrants in East Palo Alto, CA.  He married Ming in May, 1999 and left the Golden State for Boston, MA.  He then worked for two startup companies trying to bring technology and jobs to inner city communities.  Since 1999, Mako, Ming, and their two children John and Zoe have lived among friends in a Christian intentional community house in a mostly black neighborhood in Dorchester.  They enjoy their current church, Neighborhood Church of Dorchester, and do urban community gardening. 


Mako co-authored the Lazarus at the Gate economic discipleship curriculum with Dr. Gary VanderPol.  He contributed to the Justice Study Bible as a commentator on Ezekiel



He was a guest on the Almost Heretical podcast on the topic of atonement, called Beyond Penal Substitution.  He is currently working on Christian Restorative Justice curricula focusing on our use of political power, and combining it with being engaging to non-Christians.  Mako has done campus ministry since 2001 and founded NHI in 2014.  In addition to Christian ethics, theology, biblical studies, and early church history, Mako enjoys food, tea, and stories from around the world.   He misses the Pacific Ocean.