As many of you know, Sakura Foundation is the sole owner of Sakura Square LLC.  As such, employees of the LLC also work to carry out the mission of Sakura Foundation.  We are pleased to introduce you to the LLC’s new Operations Coordinator, Juri Levchuk.  The LLC and Foundation offices have been closed since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions.  As a result, the staff has been working from home and Juri completed the hiring and onboarding process remotely – a challenge that she has taken on with commitment and hard work.

Juri was born and grew up in Fukuoka, Japan. She majored in Intercultural Studies at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka. After graduating university, she started her career as an IT engineer in Tokyo. Juri worked for NSD CO., LTD. which is a system integrator, and was a member of the 24/7 maintenance team running system operations. In 2013, she transferred to NSD International, Inc., in NYC as an expat. It was her first time to visit the United States. 

For the first year, Juri worked as a QA engineer for a subsidiary company, then was assigned to one of NSD’s largest customers in NY (NY branch of a Japanese bank). She worked as a bilingual IT Helpdesk consultant and was in charge of supporting coworkers in the bank with troubleshooting, training, and documentation. She also participated in special projects to upgrade computer equipment, relocation offices, and support remote workers. 

As the Operations Coordinator, Juri works closely with and reports to Tim Higashide, Director of Business Operations for the LLC.  She is responsible for implementing tasks for business operations functions as well as community and cultural projects for Sakura Foundation.

Juri loves Colorado’s beauty and can’t wait to explore more of what the state has to offer.  We look forward to introducing you to Juri at future events when we can all gather in person.