Our Staff

Takahide Akiyama

President

Takahide Akiyama assumed the position of President of the Japan Society of Northern California on January 1, 2020. He has been a member of the Society’s Board of Directors in the last 10 years. He has had a long career in international business that spanned US, Europe and Japan and various senior executive positions with global companies such as Japan Country Head of the Bank of New York Mellon and President & CEO of BNY Mellon Securities Company (Japan), President & CEO of CBRE KK and General Manager of San Francisco Branch of the Industrial Bank of Japan. Most recently, until June 2019 he was President & CEO of erex Spark Marketing, a Japan-US joint venture company and a board member of erex Co., Ltd (TSE listed) and continues as its Corporate Adviser. His previous non-profit board membership in the Bay Area included San Francisco Ballet, International House of UC Berkeley and Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California. He holds a BA (in economics) from Keio University and MA (in PPE) from Oxford University.

Miho Greenberg

Chief Operating Officer

Miho Greenberg joined the Japan Society of Northern California on November 20, 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Born in Japan and raised in the international city of Kobe, Miho came to live and work in the US in 2008. She has extensive marketing and project management experience, especially projects that bring together Americans and Japanese. Miho has worked on global branding, including developing B2B/B2C, public relations, and social media strategies. For example, she has conducted ethnographic research in the automotive, pharmaceutical, IT, and food industries to understand US lifestyle trends. Her clients include: Subaru, Toshiba, Suntory FANCL as well as major advertisement agencies. Before moving to the Bay Area in 2011, Miho worked at the MIT Media Lab in charge of managing sponsor (mostly large Japanese companies) relationships. Miho is a graduate of Hitotsubashi University, has worked at two foreign Embassies in Tokyo and at the Dutch electronics firm Philips. Miho wants to use her enthusiasm to improve the touchpoint to Japan utilizing the Society’s programming; increasing the engagement with Japan.  Miho also contributes a column for online Asahi Shimbun, the second largest newspaper in Japan,  Globe Asahi +

Kendra

Kendra De Nike

Office Administrator

Kendra De Nike is a California native who has lived in the Bay Area since 2011. She graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University in 2016 with a BA in English Literature, and started working with the Japan Society as an intern for their annual Award of Honor Gala. Afterwards, she stayed on and became their new Office Administrator. Her primary responsibilities include: the everyday running of the office, interviewing prospective interns, preparing for Board meetings, and helping at important events. In her spare time, Kendra enjoys writing, playing video games, attending anime conventions, spending time with her extended family, and hanging out with her cat, Kieran.

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