Haruka Yamashita is the founder of Plan It Education, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her parents are Japanese, and she was raised in a bilingual and bicultural home in New York. She identifies as a Japanese-American and personally understands the blessings and burdens of growing up in a cross-cultural environment.

Haruka is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. She brings a passion for working with youth and counseling to her practice.  She shares unique insights as a result of her own Ivy League education. For 7 years, she held a leadership role in Cornell’s Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) in the SF Bay Area. She has first-hand experience working with students and parents navigating the college admissions process.

Haruka also brings 10 years of project and program management experience in Silicon Valley to her practice.  “Each student’s college navigation journey is a project, with a distinct beginning and an end.” She is PMI-PMP Certified and uses these project management principles as a framework for her practice.

Haruka completed her Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting (IEC) from UC Irvine in the fall of 2016.  She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC). She and her husband enjoy raising their daughter in Dublin, CA.

「米国大学への道のパーソナルコーチ」として 進学の準備や対策、奨学金制度、日米の違いなどのアドバイスをします。  コーネル大学、ニューヨーク日本語補習校高等部卒。   日本語でも英語でも親切に応援します。

Read more about Haruka’s background on LinkedIn.