Introducing the 2021 Cohort of the Emerging Leaders Program

USJC is proud to announce the members of the 2021 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). ELP identifies, cultivates and empowers a new generation of Japanese American leaders.

In its 12th year, the program will engage participants through a series of virtual events, hosted in lieu of a traditional in-person conference. The class will participate in leadership training, engage with program alumni and network with Council members.

Please join us in welcoming:

  • Jeffrey Fujimoto (Los Angeles, CA)
    Clinical Instructor, Quality Champion, UCLA Health
  • Tyler Fujita (Honolulu, HI)
    Study Tours & Global Engagement Director, Pacific & Asian Affairs Council
  • Mari Iwahara (New York, NY)
    Brand Lead, Google Jigsaw
  • Jenny Kai (Arlington, VA)
    Senior Program Officer, Asia Society Policy Institute
  • Jessy LeClair (Cambridge, MA)
    Japan Desk Manager, Cambridge Innovation Center
  • Zane Miyamoto (Los Angeles, CA)
    Director, Business Development & Product Partnerships, Vimeo
  • Brent Sabati (Colorado Springs, CO)
    Digital Curriculum Coordinator, Ent Credit Union
  • Jacob Saiki (Portland, OR)
    Chief of Staff, MilkRun
  • Andy Shartzer (New York, NY)
    Business Development Representative, Japan External Trade Organization
  • Aki Shibuya (Seattle, WA)
    Operations & Technology Manager, Washington Women’s Foundation
  • Blair Suzuki (Honolulu, HI)
    General Manager, Otis Elevator Company
  • Chris Takeuchi (Mountain View, CA)
    Principal, Slalom Consulting
  • Riki Yoshinaga (Tokyo, Japan)
    Managing Partner, BlackShip Inc.