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Gene Takagi, Esq.

Lecturer, Nonprofit Management; Principal | NEO Law Group

Gene Takagi is a Principal at NEO Law Group, which he founded in 2005, and contributing publisher of the Nonprofit Law Blog. He is a popular speaker and writer on topics of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations law with articles published by The New York Times, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, and Taxation of Exempts. In 2016, Gene was honored with the  Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association. 

Gene's professional experiences are diverse and include serving as a corporate attorney for an AmLaw100 firm, an associate professor for the University of San Francisco and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the director of the medical and behavior divisions of the San Francisco SPCA, and operations manager for a global duty-free retailer.

He currently serves on the boards of BoardSource and The Nonprofit Quarterly, the planning committee of the Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations, and the advisory board of the Center on Philanthropy and the Law at NYU School of Law. He previously served on the Public Policy Committee and  John W. Gardner Leadership Award Committee of Independent Sector. Gene is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and the University of San Francisco Master of Nonprofit Administration program.


  • NOPMK5245: The Business of Nonprofits


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.N.A., University of San Francisco
  • B.Sc.,  University of British Columbia