Kai Hirota



Santa Clara University                                                            Santa Clara, CA | September 2016 - Present
B.S., Management Information Systems

Foothill College                                                                    Los Altos Hills, CA | January 2014 - May 2016
A.S., Business Administration & A.S., Economics
Honors Scholar, Dean's List, GPA: 3.55

St. Mary's International School                                                              Tokyo, Japan | Withdrew June 2012
GPA: 1.64



Delta Sigma Pi                                                                                  Santa Clara, CA | May 2017 - Dec 2017
VP Professional Development


AKQA                                                                                                        Tokyo, Japan | Jun 2017 - Sep 2017
Digital Manager Intern

AKQA is a digital agency that specializes in interactive and digital marketing. This includes interactive experiences and customer relationship management; e-commerce and technology services; media, search and analytics; interface design; and content creation and distribution. AKQA is the most awarded digital agency in the world. Clients: Google, Nike, BMW, American Express, Amazon, Starbucks, Rolls-Royce, etc.

  • Performed consumer and market research for developing creative brand strategies.

  • Translated client briefs into campaign ideas and strategies, and presented at ideation sessions.

  • Tracked KPIs and measured performance of campaigns under execution.

  • Identified data trends and extracted insights by using native and third-party analytics tools.

  • Created presentations of visualized data, metrics, and KPIs to update clients on campaign performances.


Humans of Foothill                                                                    Los Altos Hills, CA | Sep 2014 - April 2016
Creator / Photographer / Designer

  • Replicated Humans of New York in Foothill College to foster sense of community, belonging, and pride.

  • Recorded an average of 1,000 audiences per week, with a maximum of 2,788 audiences in one week.

  • Responsible for creating all of the marketing elements, such as the logos, decals, flyers, and the photographs.

  • Executed viral marketing to promote the Facebook page by distributing decals and flyers around the campus.

  • Improved marketing effectiveness by utilizing analytics to monitor user behavior, click-through, unique visitors, etc.


Japan Society of Northern Californa                                         San Francisco, CA | Jan 2015 - Nov 2015
Program Intern

  • Involved in executing the two annual fundraisers “Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards” and “’Award of Honor’ Gala.”

  • Played an integral role by applying knowledge gained from experiences in hospitality and customer service. 

  • Served as the bridge between Japan Society and Silicon Valley Japanese Student Association. 

  • Minimized cost of labor for Japan Society by recruiting international students as volunteers.

  • Provided International students from Japan with volunteer opportunities and exposure to the business world.


Silicon Valley Japanese Student Association                             SF Bay Area, CA | Dec 2014 - July 2015
Founder / President

  • Founded the first intercollegiate organization for all of the Japanese international students in San Francisco Bay Area.

  • United Japanese student communities that were confined to a language school, community college, or university.

  • Established a centralized platform of communication to ignite inter-school communication and connection.

  • Managed three teams and undertook organizational development and community outreach.

  • Expanded the organization to 400 members in 8 months, covering over 10 schools in Northern California.


Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations                                    Cambridge, MA | Feb 2015
Delegate, Entrepreneurship Panel

  • Participated in seminars and case studies on entrepreneurship with students and professors from top universities.

  • Competed in the business case competition by forming and collaborating with a team of eight participants.

  • Led the team by initiating and moderating brainstorm session, and development of business plan and the final pitch.

  • Won first place – tied with another team.


Language: English (Native) | Japanese (Native) | Mandarin (HSK Level 5)

Technical: Python | Google Analytics Certificate

Creative: Photoshop & Lightroom | Sketch | InVision

Photography: Photography featured on Hypebeast, Discovery Channel Japan & Redbull Japan, Time Out Beijing, Santa Clara Review (Feb 2017), "Welcome to Claradise," Santa Clara University GEO Photo Contest (1st Place), Installation@DG717