As Chief of Staff, Masako takes care of critical logistics so that Cancer Commons Chairman Marty Tenenbaum can focus on the vision of Cancer Commons and make it a reality. She serves as a trusted liaison between Marty and the Cancer Commons team and ensures efficient, productive, and up-to-date communications.
Prior to joining Cancer Commons, Masako worked in a variety of sectors, including venture capital, real estate, academia, and technology. With 15+ years of experience supporting C-level executives, she aspires to apply all her knowledge and assist the team to achieve the best resolutions. As a non-smoker lung cancer survivor, she is committed to increasing awareness of the stigma surrounding this particular form of cancer.
Masako, a native of Japan, has a B.A. and M.A. in music and teaches piano and voice. She also appears with a 17-instrument big band in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has directed programs to benefit Cancer Commons and performed music by George Gershwin, who is believed to have succumbed to glioblastoma.