Britt Yamamoto, PhD

Founder & Executive Director

Britt is the Founder and Executive Director of iLEAP where he leads strategy formation, manages operations, and builds partnerships. A fourth-generation (yonsei) Japanese American, his deep love for Japan comes from multiple stints living in the Japanese countryside and learning traditional farming methods. He finds great meaning in the work of iLEAP, knowing that we are making a significant and lasting difference in the lives of a new generation of Japanese leaders.

Britt has also been an organic farmer on two continents, a full-time professor, and the founder of an international nonprofit and social enterprise. Growing mixed annual crops on six acres, he fed thousands of people through farmer’s markets and partnerships with local cooperatives and supermarkets, and also advanced farm-to-school leadership programs in elementary schools. For ten years he was Core Faculty in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle, where he led seminars and advised graduate students in social change and leadership. In 2018, Britt co-founded Perennial, a leadership training organization that designs and facilitates transformational experiences for social leaders from around the world. Perennial accompanies them on a journey of renewal and helps them to nourish a deep awareness of their true source of love and power.

In addition to his work at iLEAP, Britt is a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Washington Department of Global Health, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Leadership for Sustainability graduate program at the University of Vermont. He holds a BA degree from the University of Michigan, an MSc from the University of California at Davis, and a PhD from the University of Washington.

Born in Tachikawa, Britt grew up in southern California. He now enjoys making his home in Seattle with his family and Princess Leia Organa, the dog.