Rep. Orrall is a newly elected member of the Republican National Committee and chair of Massachusetts. She is also part of the Trump Asian American Advisory Committee, and may be the only Japanese American member. While at the USJC office, she met Minister Kenichi Kobayashi, Minister of Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Japan, and said that she wants to help support U.S.-Japan relations. (She was connected to Minister Kobayashi through Boston Consul General Rokuichiro Michii.)
JALD was Rep. Orrall's first trip to Japan. She has been active in the USJC community since then, supporting TOMODACHI and Regional Women in Leadership events in Boston.
Congratulations to Member of the USJC Board of Directors Leona Hiraoka, who just became the new president and CEO of KEIRO, a Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of senior life in the community. Click here to read the KEIRO press release, and here to read a Rafu Shimpo article about her appointment. (KEIRO also welcomed USJC Board Member Dennis Sugino to their Board of Directors.)
Ms. Hiraoka is also the CEO and founding partner for Integrated Media, a marketing and communications firm, and is Vice President, Communications, for Points of Light in Washington, DC, an international nonprofit dedicated to advancing volunteer service and corporate social responsibility. She took part in the 2014 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. She has been very active in the USJC community, joining the Board of Directors, providing guidance to USJC's communications efforts, and through Integrated Media, supporting the creation and design of the USJC introductory video and the past few Annual Reports.
USJC Associate and Emerging Leaders Program alumna (2014) Mio Yamamoto was featured in Japan Today for her leadership in social entrepreneurship in Japan. Ms. Yamamoto, along with two co-founders, started the NPO World In Tohoku (WIT) following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Click here or on the image below to learn more about her and WIT!