President & Executive Director

Nate serves as the President & Executive Director of Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi, overseeing all operations for the state. The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi’s (JCCH) mission is to be a vibrant resource, strengthening our diverse community by educating present and future generations in the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai‘i. Before returning to the JCCH, Nate served at the President & Executive Director of Junior Achievement of Hawaii, an impact organization that inspires and empowers Hawaii’s youth to be successful in today’s global economy. He also served as Director of Sustainability Initiatives for Kupu, a nonprofit organization serving Hawaii's youth. There, he oversaw the organization's Sustainability Initiatives internship, the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (HYCC) Summer, HYCC Community, Kupu Culinary, Pacific Resiliency Fellowship, and the Hawaii Youth Sustainability Challenge programs which impacted more than 170 young adults annually. Nate also served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Programs for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii in 2015 and also held the position of President for the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Nate also has extensive private in the technology, food manufacturing, and facilities management industries. Nate is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and is also a graduate of Waiakea High School on the island of Hawaii. He is also a member of the U.S.-Japan Council's Emerging Leaders Program.

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