Joey Nakayama is a design and innovation professional with 15 years of experience creating new products and services. He currently works to foster social impact at both the local and national level through his role as Strategic Innovation Director at the YMCA of the USA. As an active board member of Goodcity Chicago, he supports the development of promising community-based entrepreneurs in Chicago’s under-resourced neighborhoods.
In his previous consulting experience, he led collaborative teams to define new opportunity spaces and offerings for a spectrum of clients from startups to Fortune 100 companies. His projects ranged from the future of laptops to the future of baked goods, from cultivating hotel guest loyalty to engaging the public in education reform. His work on consumer and medical products has earned 11 US patents.