Born and raised in Nagano, Japan, Kei moved to the U.S. right after she graduated from high school with passion and dream to do and experience “something different.” After graduating from the college, early in her career, she spent a decade working for and growing with the start-up biopharmaceutical company, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals. She joined Sucampo in May of 1998, as the first full-time employee of the company, and assisted the founders in launching its U.S. operations. During her tenure with Sucampo, she was involved in virtually every aspect of the “start-up” company – everything from assembling the office desks and tackling the disgruntled copy machine to balancing the checks while negotiating contracts with vendors.

She was responsible for setting up the company’s first European subsidiary operation in London, U.K. and served as the General Manager. As the company grew, she was closely involved in the company’s major transactions, which included securing venture financing, coordinating the IPO, managing global licensing transactions and overseeing the acquisition of the global affiliates. These experiences provided her with an incredibly unique, global understanding of running a business, and the art of addressing and solving legal challenges through a business lenses.

While working full-time as Executive Vice President of S&R Technology Holdings, LLC, a Bethesda, Marylandbased company, that supports new ventures and entrepreneurs, she oversaw the overall day-to-day operations of the company and its subsidiaries. She pursued a law degree as an evening student and graduated Cum Laude from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in May 2013. She was an active member of the Catholic University Law Review and a student attorney for the Columbus Community Legal Services, which offered pro bono legal services to individuals and families who lived in the District of Columbia. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Her other experiences include working for the S&R Foundation, a Washington, D.C. 501(c)(3) organization; co-founding VLP Therapeutics, LLC, a Gaithersburg based start-up vaccine development company; and has served on the Board of Directors of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals. She also has strong interest in the legal development surrounding emerging hybrid companies such as B-corp and benefit corporations.

Privately, she lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and is enjoying new motherhood.