Fernando has over eight years of experience in non-profit administration, education, and grantmaking. For him, NY de Volunteer combines his interest in Japan and Japanese culture with his passion for service, volunteering and paying it forward.
Born and raised in New York, Fernando spent two years living and working in Fukui prefecture on the JET program. During his time there, he volunteered at a local orphanage and participated in local cultural events. He is currently the treasurer for the JET Alumni Association of New York (JETAANY).
Fernando works at the Japan ICU Foundation. In his role as program manager, he oversees and manages the administration of JICUF grants, scholarships, and programs. He has also worked at the Social Science Research Council where he manages fellowships, grants and professional development programs for graduate students and university faculty.
Fernando received his BA in Architecture from Columbia University. Fernando’s hobbies includes learning different languages, perfecting his shodou skill (jun 5-dan level), adding recipes to his repertoire of Japanese and Mexican food, and enjoys volunteering with kids in the South Bronx. He hopes to open a pop-up taco shop in Tokyo in the near future.