Takeo completed a dual bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He graduated with Dean’s Honors and majors in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese, Asian American Studies, and two years of course work for a Biology major. He was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow at the University of San Diego where he completed a Masters in Peace and Justice. Takeo’s research centered on social constructions in visual and representational art and their roles in the planning for post civil conflict regions. His primary research site was Derry, Northern Ireland.
Takeo is a certified mediator with experience working to resolve disputes utilizing facilitative dialogue and mutual gains negotiations techniques. After completing graduate school Takeo and fellow USD graduate Alejandra Ojeda-Beck founded an education and micro finance non-profit, Muhuy. Muhuy provides micro grants, loans, and education opportunities through partner organizations to internally displaced persons who do not have access to traditional lending mechanisms. Muhuy primarily works in Peru.
Currently Takeo is pursuing a second masters degree at Harvard. He works with the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program in the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Science Impact Collaborative at MIT, serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, and has the great privilege of being a graduate resident tutor at Simmons Hall, MIT.