Co-Founder & Board Member
Noriko is a visionary social entrepreneur and an innovator empowering individuals and organizations to foster creativity and innovation to create a better society. She found and lead NYdV for many years, mobilizing and helping thousands by pioneering innovative volunteer programs that address social issues. She tirelessly dedicated herself for over 15 years to mobilize and inspire the Japanese and American communities in the US. Now, she continues to fulfill her passion to help and inspire others as a board member of NY de Volunteer from Japan.
With over 25 years of project and general management experience in diverse fields including non profit management, event planning, creative design, and information technology, Noriko applies her extensive skills and knowledge to NYdV and the corporate world. She has built upon her skills with her work in Japan at Google and Fujitsu, the leading IT company in Japan. An excellent communicator, she is highly effective in establishing a strong collaborative environment to bring out the best in team members from diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to transform ideas into solid achievements. As a result of her passion and skills, she designs and leads workshops in facilitation and design thinking, continuing to inspire people to be creative and provide effective solutions.
Noriko has received numerous awards in both Japan and the U.S. for her achievements and work with NY de Volunteer, including the Global Messenger of Japan Award in 2012 from the Minister of State for National Policy, the “Life Expert” Award from the Policy Bureau Division of the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan in 2005 and the “Distinguished Honored” from the NYC Comptroller in 2007. She has been featured in the media in US and Japan more than 100 times. She completed the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management Program at Columbia Business School.