Jarin Tabata

Principal

Jarin’s life has been characterized by curiosity and change. Originally from Hawaii, he lived in nine U.S. cities by the time he received a B.A. with honors in English Literature from University of Oregon.

Jarin has since lived and worked around the world: in Himeji, Japan, teaching English as one of the early participants in the JET Program; in Haarlem, Netherlands, as an apprentice in the traditional craft of frame making, carving and gilding; and, for over a decade, in London, working in interactive design for a number of agencies, brands, and publishers, including Wallpaper* magazine. While at Wallpaper*, he developed a digital strategy and led ambitious projects melding print and digital, including designing their first iOS apps.

After running his own studio, Jarin moved to New York to join SYPartners as a Creative Director. At SYPartners, he has worked on a global culture and behavior change project for IBM, envisioned a consumer-facing future for UnitedHealthcare, helped Planned Parenthood prevail in the face of catastrophic defunding, co-led an initiative with IDEO to reinvent aging, and co-created a new business in Tokyo that combines beautiful spaces, the practice of mindfulness, and the power of innovation to unlock Japanese corporate culture.

Now, as a Principal at SYPartners, Jarin focuses on new initiatives and partnerships—finding and developing opportunities to collaboratively move toward new futures.