Marie Atake


Marie is an International Business Consultant, certified in mediation and negotiation, with comprehensive experience in communications, marketing, and business development of multifarious industries. She is also the founder and president of Forte Animal Rescue, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Her pro-bono work also includes serving as a Commissioner from 2005 to 2007 on the Board of Animal Services Commission, for the City of Los Angeles, appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. 

Following her service to the city, Marie and her charity were each awarded a Certificate of Recognition by Los Angeles City Council. Forte Animal Rescue received an additional Commendation from the City Council in June 2008. The City Council appointed Marie to the city’s Spay/Neuter Advisory Committee, which oversaw the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance from 2008 to 2009 when the law became in effect. Along with her colleagues on the Committee, Marie received another Certificate of Recognition from the City Council in June 2009.

While majoring in Electronics Engineering in Tokyo, she came to fame as a professional jazz singer. After voyaging to the United States, she climbed the corporate ladder as a senior executive. She then started her consulting business in 1992 and has served leading corporations in the multimedia, consumer electronics and entertainment industries in Japan, Europe and North America.

Truth, compassion and discipline are the principles Marie embraces. She brings with her a deep understanding of life in a hectic world where technology and business rule. Marie dedicates her life to making the world a better place with the unique scene of balance she learns from caring for animals.