Sach Takayasu

Sach Takayasu is a degree candidate in Columbia University’s Oral History Master of Arts program (OHMA).  She contributes to the Obama Presidency Oral History Project and also to the Weatherhead East Asian Institute’s 70th Anniversary Oral History Project.  Recently she presented her work on the Japanese American activist, Suki Terada Ports, a collaboration between OHMA and New York University, at the 2020 Oral History Association Annual Meeting.  

Joining OHMA is an exciting new chapter for Sach, who has pioneered new initiatives in education, nonprofit and technology.  

As a Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy, she created and taught a course that prepared students for the professional world.  During her tenure as the President & CEO of a new national chamber of commerce for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, she raised the visibility of this business community with the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders.  Her immigration proposal to President Obama made headline news.  She was one of 19 business leaders briefed by President Obama, US Trade Representative Froman and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  Under her leadership, this business community published its first ever Legislative Agenda, hosted many community roundtables at the White House and established official partnerships with key government offices and regional chambers of commerce.  Prior to her work in D.C., she developed new businesses from emerging technologies at IBM.  

She has served on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Council for Underserved Communities and The United Nations Populations Funds’ Strategic Innovation Advisory Board.  For Carnegie Mellon University, she continues to serve on its Board of Advisors for the Dean of Dietrich College and has been invited to serve on the Advisory Board for the Office of the President.

Sach has a BS from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from The Ohio State University.