Morikawa a third gen Japanese American, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Palau, a country in the Western Caroline Islands of Micronesia. There he served as an ESL teacher trainer. Following Peace Corps, Morikawa found a career in nonprofit work, primarily in the New River Valley. He served as executive director for New River Community Action and founding CEO of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. He has extensive experience serving on the boards of local, regional, and national nonprofits. He is IPG Senior Fellow at the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance. He was founding host of the IPG podcast. Trustees Without Borders. He serves on the steering group of the Dialogue on Race, a ten-year local initiative combating racism in Virginia's Montgomery County. He lives in Blacksburg with Susan, his wife. His three children, three grandchildren, and great grandson all live in the New River Valley.