Edward Takayanagi holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia (2004) and a Bachelor of Japanese Archaeology degree from Kyoto University (2000). They initially practiced in the areas of civil litigation, administrative law and estates. They served as a Trust Administrator with Coast Mental Health, creating and managing trusts to protect the financial assets of vulnerable peoples. They were an Arbitrator with the Residential Tenancy Branch adjudicating a high volume of disputes on all aspects of tenancies. They have taken leadership roles in a number of community organizations. Most recently as the President of the Board of Directors for Powell Street Festival Society, a Japanese-Canadian arts and culture organization, they have led initiatives to build and empower communities in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver through a lens of decolonization.