Japheth holds a PhD in Universal Algebra from U.C. Berkeley, with experiences around the world, including at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vanderbilt University, University of Louisville and Chatham University. He is committed to engaging students at all levels in the joyful study of mathematics. A Kingston resident and math professor at Bard College since 2006, with responsibilities on campus and in the Bard Prison Initiative, it pains him that so many people have negative relationships with math. Japheth designs educational experiences through the Bard Math Circle and the New York Math Circle to promote the healthy enjoyment of mathematics. He hopes to co-create more opportunities in the Hudson Valley for children to encounter, explore, investigate, and learn mathematics, leading to discovery and encouragement. He believes we need a vibrant math enrichment ecosystem that opens intellectual opportunities to all.