Taka Juba began volunteering with NY de Volunteer in 2006 at the first Explore Japanese Culture After School Program in New York City. Since then he has continued to teach the program throughout NYC. Seeing the impact of the program and the organization’s commitment and dedication he later became a board member of NY de Volunteer and in 2017 took on the role of Executive Director to lead the organization in its next stage. Taka believes that both Japanese and American culture have a lot to offer and can benefit form learning from each other to create a better society. Taka is committed to helping people to engage in different cultural and learning experiences to broaden people's minds and create equal opportunities.
From his experience working in China and traveling in developing countries, he realized that access to opportunities are far from equal. As a result, he focused on a new career of helping others. He went back to school and graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2015, Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, where he was a Crowley Scholar specializing in human rights and international law. During law school, he worked to help the disenfranchised in Ghana at the national human rights institution and in Bangladesh at a leading legal aid organization. He brings over 20 years of practical and managerial business and international experience, running his own importing and distribution company, heading a sourcing operation in Hong Kong for one of largest seasonal lighting companies, and working in marketing for Panasonic. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations and Japanese from Claremont McKenna College. Taka is also a member of the US-Japan Council and active in the local Japanese and American community.