Before founding Gakko to empower education through technology, Kenta worked at Palantir Technologies and some startups. In addition to making learning a creative experience, Kenta is a professional magician. His degree is from Yale University, where he was encouraged to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams.
Julie is a a seasoned educator and administrator with experience launching student success initiatives in higher education. She is passionate about employing the college experience to cultivate critical thinking, advanced literacy, and industry-ready skills in students. Julie holds a PhD in English Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center, an MA from the University of Chicago in Comparative Literature, and a BA from Tufts University.
After studying agriculture cooperatives, Natalie taught at the U.S. Grant Program and worked as a Venture for America fellow in Ohio. She joins Gakko to operate camps, which she likes to think of as building communities with young people in rural places. She graduated from Yale with a B.A. in American Studies.
A lifelong beneficiary of art schools and the Montessori method, Dylan now spends summertime pursuing camp as a supreme medium for meeting and making. He acts, writes, and composes for the theatre. BFA, University of Evansville. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Zoe works closely with Gakko’s enthusiastic community, as well as with admissions. Prior to joining Gakko, she worked as a private investigator. She graduated from American University of Paris with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Urban Studies.
Nadia Irshaid Gilbert is a Palestinian-American director of photography and filmmaker. They graduated in 2016 from Tisch school of the arts with a BFA in Film and TV. Most recently, Nadia served as Director of Photography on Lola, Girl Got a Gun (dir. Emily Elizabeth Thomas), which was selected for Cannes Short Film Corner, Harlem International Film Festival, and Victoria Texas Film Festival; Independently, they are currently working on a documentary project with Gaza refugees in Jordan.
David Britton is a sound designer, musician, and composer who has worked in the film industry for several years as both a composer and sound editor. His talents have involved him with companies like Netflix, HBO, Topic, and a slew of other prolific individuals. David trained in electronic synthesis with Morton Subotnick during his undergraduate studies at NYU Tisch, and has been experimenting on the fringes of the musical landscape ever since. David believes that the future of music will not be dictated by things like chords and theory, but by colors and texture.
Chris leads Gakko's Digital Learning team who are creating meaningful experiences for early learners. Previously at Skillshare he led product and engineering for their suite of educational mobile apps. He started his career as an engineer and also studied Digital Design in the UK.
Cezar is a maker who believes in the potential of crossbreeding technology, art and education. Prior to joining Gakko, he worked with Palantir Technologies and Twitter Inc. as a software engineer. He graduated from Yale University with a degree in Computer Science.
After studying computer science at Tokyo University, Yusuke founded and served as lead engineer at Semitransparent Design. Before joining Gakko, he worked on multiple digital media art projects internationally.
Leyla thinks at the intersection of architecture, theater and education. With a degree in architectural studies from Yale, she has four years of experience with Gakko as a Sempai to the camp initiative.
Ian heads partnerships and coordination in Japan. Previous to joining Gakko, he launched the Japan chapter of 350.org, one of the largest environmental NGO's in the world. He is interested in environmental sustainability, travel, and music.
Yuta is an actor, videographer and tap dancer based in Tokyo. Outside of Gakko, he splits his time between Tokyo and Europe, working on various film projects as an actor and/or cinematographer.