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.
Graham is a music creator, educator, performer, and researcher. He has played in Carnegie Hall and worked with EMMY-, GRAMMY- and Pulitzer-prize winning composers. Graham holds a Master’s of Music from Yale University and is completing doctoral studies at the University of Toronto.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With roots in architecture, screen media and theater, Julia worked at Flux, a Google [X] spin-off, and founded Parsing Place Productions, an interactive content publisher. She has a PhD in Architecture and Interactive Narrative from the University of Cambridge and is co-editor of the academic peer-reviewed journal Digital Creativity. Most importantly, she's a mom.
Reiri is a scholar, educator and consultant; he holds an MA and PhD in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from Tokyo University of the Arts. Prior to joining Gakko, she worked with Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the launch of the Japan House project as programming and external relations manager.
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.