What is a Board Rep?

Network and Engagement

  • Establish and build a strong network of alumni locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; maintain regular communication via direct contact, email blasts, print publications, web pages, and social media outlets
  • Serve as a voice for the alumni of the Sohokai Alumni Association
  • Create greater awareness of engagement opportunities by promoting Sohokai Alumni Association events, strategically engage alumni by providing tangible benefits, strengthen current programs, and create new initiatives
  • Communicate beneficial information including, but not limited to: Soka news, career opportunities, alumni updates, giving opportunities, events, and more
  • Secure commitments from alumni to provide professional expertise as well as identify and cultivate alumni volunteer leaders

Liaison between Alumni and SUA

  • Serve as the primary liaison between Soka and Sohokai members around the world
  • Welcome graduating students and educate about alumni benefits and engage them in programs, duties, and logistical responsibilities
  • Arrange meetings, establish committees, support/oversee Class Representatives and Regional Chapters, and ensure strong and productive relationships between its members
  • Preside at meetings of the board and at general meetings of the association
  • Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records including contact, biographical and career information via surveys, correspondence, website, etc
  • Collect and maintain databases on updates of the membership for both the association and SUA
  • Promote and encourage alumni to nominate and self-nominate for the Class Representative positions
  • Promote and encourage alumni to apply for Regional Chapter Representative and professional interest group leadership roles
  • Support the continual development and growth of Regional Chapters and professional interest groups
  • Promote and encourage alumni to run for candidacy in the annual general elections for the Alumni Board of Representatives
  • Coordinate and oversee the nomination and voting proceedings for the Board of Representatives, Class Representatives, Regional Chapter Representatives, and professional interest groups
  • Other duties as assigned

As a member of the Sohokai Alumni Association Board of Representatives, you will have an enriching opportunity to give back to your alma mater and a deeply rewarding chance to strengthen your connections in our inspiring alumni network. Through participating behind the scenes and in various events, you will have opportunities to gain leadership experience and develop new skills in event planning and implementation, developing and strengthening the alumni network, and managing various alumni committees.

Three years. 

  • Must be a member of the Sohokai Alumni Association in good standing (see Section 2.3 of bylaws)
  • Be able to commit and serve a three-year term and attend the annual alumni meetings held at Soka in May (round trip flight and lodging will be paid by Soka)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with alumni, SUA staff, undergraduate students, and other partners
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information

Roles & Responsibilities

Representative Position Roles

The primary role of a Regional Chapter Leader is to strengthen their regional network, organize local events and gatherings, and connect and communicate with alumni living in their region. Regional Chapter Leaders are appointed to serve a three- to five-year term.

Practical Responsibilities

  • Communicate pertinent information to alumni living in their regional chapter
  • Plan at least one event or gathering per year
  • Keep an up-to-date record of alumni living in that area
  • Teleconference with the Board of Representatives every quarter

Regional Chapters

The regional chapters were established to play a key role in the global development of the alumni association’s network by creating more opportunities for alumni to connect at local gatherings and events attuned to a city’s culture and vibe. Below are the officially recognized regional chapters. 

To establish a regional chapter, please email us at Sohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

Daisuke Fujii, Class of 2005 

Taeko Yoshimura, Class of 2012 

Email: TokyoSohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

Sari Nakayama, Class of 2009 

Sarah Randolph, Class of 2014 

Email: LosAngelesSohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

Olivia Pulphus, Class of 2010 

Aaron Freedman, Class of 2012

Email: NewYorkSohokai@soka.edu 

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

Saki Tomita, Class of 2008 

Tenji Takino, Class of 2009 

Email: KansaiSohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

Jennifer Geisler, Class of 2008

Shelsea Ramirez, Class of 2016

Email: DCSohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

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Email: EuropeSohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

Yuko Matsumoto, Class of 2006 

Scott Williams, Class of 2011 

Email: BayAreaSohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

Sophia Kawada, Class of 2014 

Melody Murakami, Class of 2014 

Email: OrangeCountySohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

EunYi Chung, Class of 2005 

Email: MidwestSohokai@soka.edu

For information regarding events and activities, please contact the representatives below. 

An Pho, Class of 2016

Hiromi Hashimoto, Class of 2016

Email: NewEnglandSohokai@soka.edu

Class Representative Roles & Responsibilities

Position Description

The primary responsibility of a Class Representative is to connect to classmates, strengthen their class network, and be the voice of their class. Class Representatives are nominated to serve a 5-year term. 

Practical Responsibilities

  • Knowing the heartbeat of your class by connecting with your classmates, strengthening your class network, and staying current with their significant updates or needs. 
  • A monthly teleconference to connect with other class representatives and the Board. 
  • Help plan, organize, and implement activities for the annual alumni meeting and other significant class-related celebrations.

Class Representatives

Victoria Kraus & Fabiana Sanchez 

Email: Sohokai2005@soka.edu

Shalini Krishnan & Takayuki Okada 

Email: Sohokai2006@soka.edu

Harusa Matsuyama & Azumi Tamae 

Email: Sohokai2007@soka.edu 

Fumihiko Tominaga & Julie Yoshimachi 

Email: Sohokai2008@soka.edu 

Tariq Hasan & Hiromi Makiuchi 

Email: Sohokai2009@soka.edu 

Hitoshi Nishina & Toshi Takahashi 

Email: Sohokai2010@soka.edu 

Julius Taniguchi & TBA

Email: Sohokai2011@soka.edu 

Ariel Labasan & Yuriko Sato 

Email: Sohokai2012@soka.edu 

Kimberley Ng 

Email: Sohokai2013@soka.edu 

Nora Kawaguchi & Aaron Perry 

Email: Sohokai2014@soka.edu 

Indigo Ross & Nick Peck 

Email: Sohokai2015@soka.edu 

Shunichi Muto & Mitsuko Shimizu 

Email: Sohokai2016@soka.edu 

Julie Jackson & Bhamini Jain 

Email: Sohokai2017@soka.edu 

Hillary Kim & Preandra Noel 

Email: Sohokai2018@soka.edu

Takumi “Brian” Hirayama & Tam Ngo

Email: Sohokai2019@soka.edu