USJC Board of Directors

The U.S.-Japan Council's organizing Board of Directors consists of Japanese American leaders from across 
the United States and in Japan who provide their expertise and guidance in establishing and guiding the Council’s mission and activities.

 

BOARD OFFICERS

PHYLLIS CAMPBELL, Chair 
Chair, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pacific Northwest

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Ms. Campbell is the Chairman of JP Morgan Chase & Co., Pacific Northwest. She is the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho representing JP Morgan Chase & Co. at the most senior level. She previously served as CEO of the Seattle Foundation and the U.S. Bank of Washington. She sits on the Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota North America, and serves as a Director on the board of Alaska Air Group. She served on the Nordstrom board of directors from 2005-2016 and chaired the Audit Committee for seven years. She serves on the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors (WCD). She is a past Chair and former Trustee of Seattle University. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA Program and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, as well as Stanford University’s Executive Management Program.

 

IRENE HIRANO INOUYE, President

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Ms. Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council, a position she has held since the founding of the Council in late 2008. Through her work at the Council, she also administers the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the Government of Japan that invests in young Japanese and Americans through educational and cultural exchanges and leadership programs. She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for twenty years. A recipient of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and an honorary doctorate degree from SMU, Ms. Hirano Inouye has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Ms. Hirano Inouye's professional and community activities include serving as Chair, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Center; Trustee, The Washington Center; member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; member of the Advisory Board, Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California; and Chair of the Advisory Board, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, University of California at Los Angeles. She served as former Trustee and past Chair, Ford Foundation; and former Trustee and past Chair, Kresge Foundation. She was married to the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii.

 

SUSAN EICHOR, Vice-Chair
President and COO, aio

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Ms. Eichor is the President and COO of aio, a diverse family of businesses specializing in publishing, broadcasting, digital marketing, food and sports. aio’s founder and owner is USJC Council Member Duane Kurisu. Ms. Eichor also serves on the boards of HPM Hawaii, Blood Bank of Hawaii, Hawaii Bowl and Diamond Head Theatre, and is part of the University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business Advisory Council. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Hawaii. She serves on the USJC Finance Committee.

 

TOMOKO KIZAWA, Vice-Chair & Audit Committee Chair
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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Ms. Kizawa is the Japan Leader for Deloitte’s Risk & Financial Advisory Practice. She is responsible for facilitating cross-border collaboration between the United States and Japan and leading the execution of key strategic activities relating to clients, professionals and service capabilities. Ms. Kizawa has over 26 years of risk consulting experience and has served Japanese and U.S. multinational companies in industries such as life sciences, manufacturing, distribution, technology and consumer business. She has assisted clients with strategic assessments, risk management, corporate governance, financial and operational process reviews, process efficiency and internal controls. Ms. Kizawa worked in Tokyo from 2007 to 2011, providing internal control advisory services for Japanese and U.S. multinational clients. She is also the Inclusion Leader of Deloitte’s Chicago office, comprised of 5,000 professionals across Audit, Tax, Consulting and Risk & Financial Advisory. She is responsible for strengthening an inclusive culture by connecting people through common passions and interests, building community across business, backgrounds and experiences, enabling a sense of belonging and encouraging authenticity, and serving as a central point of planning and collaboration. Ms. Kizawa also serves on the boards of The Japan America Society of Chicago and the Garden of the Phoenix Foundation. She received a BA in political science from the University of Chicago and is a certified public accountant licensed in Illinois.

 

DENNIS R. SUGINO, Vice-Chair & Investment Committee Chair
Founder, Kansa Advisory LLC

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Mr. Sugino is the founder of Kansa Advisory LLC, an institutional consulting firm providing investment advice to endowments and foundations. Mr. Sugino was the president and a founder of Cliffwater LLC, an alternatives investment consulting firm. He was a managing director and principal in the investment consulting practice at Wilshire Associates. Mr. Sugino is a former senior partner and executive committee member of Aristotle Capital Management LLC. As chief investment officer, he managed retirement assets for the city of Los Angeles. Mr. Sugino is a board vice chair, investment committee chair and development committee member of the U.S.-Japan Council. Mr. Sugino is a board member and audit committee chair of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF). Mr. Sugino serves as a board member on the Japan House Los Angeles (JHLA) Foundation. He is currently an investment committee member of Mercy Health System (St. Louis). Mr. Sugino has a BSc from CSU, Dominguez Hills and an MA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

TASHA YOROZU, Secretary & Engagement Committee Chair
Managing Attorney, Yorozu Law Group, PC

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Ms. Yorozu is the managing attorney at Yorozu Law Group, a San Francisco-based law firm that specializes in commercial transactions, tax strategy, M&A, strategic alliances, and technology licensing. For over 20 years, Ms. Yorozu has served as outside general counsel for Japanese corporations and their U.S. subsidiaries. Ms. Yorozu is often retained by in-house counsel at U.S.-based corporations to negotiate deals with Japanese corporations. Ms. Yorozu enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for the U.S.-Japan Council, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, and the San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association. She is also a member of the Alliance Forum Foundation Executive Benkyoukai. She is a 2016 alumna of the Japanese American Leadership Delegation. Ms. Yorozu holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA and JD from Willamette University.

 

DAVID NISHIDA, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair

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Mr. Nishida has over 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance industry in Japan and the United States. From July 2005 through June 2016, he has held several positions including Representative Director, Managing Director, President and Chief Financial Officer of Hudson Japan KK, Lone Star Funds’ captive asset management company. Prior to joining Hudson Japan, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley Properties Japan KK from 2001-2005. Mr. Nishida has held executive level finance positions in private industry since 1999 and has over 13 years of public accounting experience specializing in the real estate industry, most recently with Deloitte & Touche LLP, including two years (1995-1996) in the firm’s Tokyo office as a deputy professional practice director. Mr. Nishida began his career with the accounting and consulting firm of Kenneth Leventhal and Company (now part of Ernst & Young) in its Headquarters office in Los Angeles in 1985. Mr. Nishida is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Nishida serves on the Board of Governors for the Japanese American National Museum, the Board of Directors of USJC (Japan) and the USJC Finance and Audit committees. He also serves on the Boards of several technology companies.

 

DENNIS Y. TERANISHI, Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO, Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR)

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Mr. Teranishi is President and CEO of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), where he has been a board member since 1997. PICTHR is a non-profit organization that accelerates technology commercialization to increase security, safety and economic opportunities in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific. Its focus is on renewable energy, agriculture, disaster management and dual-use technology. He also serves as a member of the Board of Hawaiian Host, Inc.; Island Holdings, Inc.; Island Insurance Co., Ltd.; and as an Executive Advisor to ITO EN (USA) Inc. Before joining PICHTR, Mr. Teranishi was CEO of Hawaiian Host, Inc. for 14 years. Prior to that, he worked for 19 years at AMFAC, Inc., ending his tenure as president of AMFAC Agribusiness, Inc. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in the U.S. Army. Mr. Teranishi holds a B.S. in crop science from California State Polytechnic University and an M.S. in soil chemistry and plant nutrition from the University of Hawaii. In 1993, he was recognized as an outstanding alumnus of the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. In 2014, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government of Japan.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

DAVID M. BOONE
Executive Vice President & Chief Growth Officer, Michael Baker International

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Mr. Boone is the Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer for Michael Baker International. Previously, he was President of the Government Strategic Business Unit for APTIM, and prior to that, President of CB&I Federal Services.He joined the CB&I team in December 2013 following a 30-year career in the Navy. He began in Strategic Development, became head of Business Development, then moved to Operations across the Federal sector in Engineering and Construction, Environmental Services, Energy, Base Operating Services and disaster response. Mr. Boone retired as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Rear Admiral in 2013. He managed facilities and infrastructure throughout his career at bases and expeditionary locations in the United States and throughout the world. He concluded his Navy career as Director of Shore Readiness Division where he was responsible for funding and policy for 70 bases worldwide. Mr. Boone is a registered professional engineer in the states of Virginia and Florida. He was raised in Yokoyama, Japan and attended high school in Oregon. He graduated with honors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Civil Engineering, and received Masters Degrees in Coastal Engineering and Construction Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Boone also received the Nippon Zenkokai Award from the Office of the Prime Minister of Japan. He currently serves as a USJC Board Member, is on the USJC Program Development Committee and is an alumnus of the 2017 Japanese American Leadership Delegation.

 

DAVID KENJI CHANG
Portfolio Manager, Tyvor Capital, LLC

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Mr. Chang is currently a portfolio manager in New York City for Tyvor Capital, LLC, a hedge fund he co-founded in 2013 that focuses on the consumer sector. He also serves as an angel investor and adviser to several start-ups. Previously, he held investment positions at Citadel Investment Group and SAC Capital in Chicago and London. He is also a freelance editor, writer, and content producer for magazines. A California native, Mr. Chang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as a Joseph Wharton Scholar with a B.S. in Finance, a B.A. in English, and a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Upon graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to research Foreign Direct Investment in Japan at Tohoku University in Sendai. Mr. Chang participated in the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) in 2015, and in the TOMODACHI-Mitsui & Co. Leadership Program in 2017. He also currently serves on the ELP Steering Committee and USJC Board Development Committee.

 

DONNA FUJIMOTO COLE
President and CEO, Cole Chemical

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Ms. Cole founded Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. in 1980. Top customers include: BP, Colgate, ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin, NAII and Toyota. In 2009, the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce inducted Ms. Cole into its Hall of Fame and also a Junior Achievement Laureate. In 2010, she was listed as one of Houston’s Most Influential Women by Houston Woman Magazine. In 2012, she won American Leadership Forum’s Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award. HBJ recognized Ms. Cole with the first Women in Energy Legacy Award in 2017. She is a longtime advocate for business, the chemical and energy industry, women and minorities in business. She serves on the boards of the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, Rockwell Fund, and advisory boards of International Supply Management, and Women’s Home. Ms. Cole also served on President George H. W. Bush's Export Council from 1991 to 1993. Ms. Cole attended Pan American University, The Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Business Executive Program, and graduated from the Manpower Business Training Institute of Technology. She was also an Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow in 1996, a Japanese American Leadership Delegate in 2006, and American Jewish Committee Asian Leadership Delegate to Israel.

 

ATSUKO TOKO FISH
Founding Trustee, Fish Family Foundation

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Ms. Fish retired as a U.S.-Japan cross-cultural consultant, and is currently involved with various social innovative movements as a philanthropist. She is also a founding trustee of the Fish Family Foundation. Ms. Fish founded the Japanese Women’s Leadership Initiative (JWLI) in 2006 to empower Japanese women to become leaders for social change in Japan. To accelerate social change by women leaders, Ms. Fish founded the Champion of Change Japan Award (CCJA) in 2017 and is launching the JWLI Bootcamp in June, 2019. In the wake of 3.11, Ms. Fish established the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund-Boston (JDRFB) to support immediate and mid-term recovery in Tohoku. Ms. Fish visited the affected region several times to assess and evaluate the fast-changing needs of the people and community. In the two years the fund was active, JDRFB raised approximately $1 million and distributed 24 grants to 19 organizations and projects working directly in Tohoku. It has been reported by the grantees that JDRFB’s $1 million grants were leveraged for $6 million of economic impact. Ms. Fish also served as a board chair of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) for over 10 years, and as a trustee of Simmons College. She was also a board member of The Boston Foundation (TBF), HANDS (Health and Development Service), the Japan Society of New York (JSNY), and Management Sciences for Health (MSH). She currently serves as an Overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (MFA), and as an advisory board member of Berklee College of Music.

In recognition of her achievements to promote U.S.-Japan friendship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan awarded Ms. Fish with the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2012. In 2013, the White House named Ms. Fish a recipient of the Champion of Change Award in recognition of her accomplishments for empowering women in both the U.S. and Japan. In November 2018, Atsuko was conferred by the Emperor of Japan the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for her contribution to the advancement of women’s leadership in the Japanese social sector.

 

KAZUHIRO GOMI, Development Committee Co-Chair
Member of the Board of Directors, NTT Communications Corporation; President & Chief Executive Officer, NTT America, Inc.

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Mr. Gomi is a member of the Board of Directors for NTT Communications Corporation and leads NTT America as President and CEO. Mr. Gomi has been an NTT employee for more than 30 years. From June of 2009 until June of 2010, Mr. Gomi served NTT America as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to his appointment to COO, Mr. Gomi was NTT America’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President of the Global IP Network Business Unit. In September of 2009, Mr. Gomi was first named to the Global Telecoms Business Power100, a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. He serves on the boards of directors of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York. Also he is the Executive Vice President of Nippon Club in New York, Mr. Gomi received a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Keio University, Tokyo. He currently serves on the USJC Development Committee.

 

TODD GUILD
Member of the Board of Directors, Beam Suntory, Inc.

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Mr. Guild is a member of the Board of Directors for Beam Suntory, Inc., a global spirits company based in Chicago, Illinois, where he serves on the Executive Compensation and Nomination Committee. Mr. Guild serves as a Senior Advisor to Suntory Holdings, Limited, Japan, and to Silicon Valley based Quantum Biosystems. Mr. Guild is a Senior Partner Emeritus with McKinsey & Company where he served U.S. and Asia-based clients on multi-year engagements related to strategy, growth, operations and governance. Mr. Guild was a member of McKinsey’s Los Angeles, Tokyo and Atlanta offices over his 28 years with the Firm. He held various Firm leadership roles including responsibilities for McKinsey’s Consumer Practice, Strategy, and Marketing and Sales Practices and he served on McKinsey’s Asia Council. Mr. Guild's Atlanta-based advisory service focuses on strategy, business development, and raising capital for Japanese clients in the United States. He also assists companies to develop boards and governance practices in the U.S. In Japan, Mr. Guild is the Board Chair for Hands On Tokyo. In the U.S. he serves on the boards of the U.S. Japan Council, and the Japan Society of Boston. Mr. Guild and his wife Yasuko reside in Tokyo, Japan and Atlanta, Georgia.

 

JAMES HIGA
Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation & Mentor in Residence, Index Ventures

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Mr. Higa has had a long and storied career in Silicon Valley. He reported directly to Steve Jobs at Apple, working to change the face of technology and entire industries. He was a member of the original Macintosh team. His work negotiating and launching iTunes changed music forever. He still has one foot in tech as Mentor in Residence at Index Ventures, whose investments include the likes of Dropbox, Slack, Facebook, and Skype. As Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, he aspires to make a dent in society’s most pressing problems through people, communities, and radical collaboration. His deep Japan connections include on-the-ground relief efforts during the 1995 Kobe and the 2011 Tohoku disasters, USJC and TOMODACHI programs, launching Apple and NeXT Japan, and serving as advisor to UNIQLO and Lawson’s. James received his AB ’81 in Political Science from Stanford University. He has served on numerous boards including the Stanford Alumni Association, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford Libraries, and Recording Academy MusiCares.

 

LEONA HIRAOKA, Communications Committee Chair
President & CEO, Keiro

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Ms. Hiraoka is President & CEO of Keiro, a not-for-profit organization based in Los Angeles dedicated to advancing the quality of senior life, with a focus on the Japanese American and Japanese-speaking community. She has an extensive background with non-governmental organizations and associations, as well as mainstream and advocacy journalism. She was a founding partner of Integrated Media, a marketing and communications firm in Washington, DC, and formerly Vice President for Points of Light, an international nonprofit advancing volunteer service and corporate social responsibility. She served on the executive staff of the National Education Association from 2002-12. She serves on the board of the Japanese American Citizens League DC chapter and previously served on the editorial boards of the Pacific Citizen and the Brussels-based NGO Education International. She serves on the advisory board of Breezio, an enterprise software company advancing member engagement services through online platforms. She received a BA in biology from Pomona College. She was a member of the 2014 JALD delegation. She serves on the USJC Communications Committee and has been Committee chair since 2016.

 


YUKO KAIFU, Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
President, JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles

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Ms. Kaifu is the President of JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, which is a public diplomacy initiative launched by the Japanese government. Prior to joining JAPAN HOUSE in January 2016, she was Managing Director in the Corporate Communications Department of MUFG Union Bank, owned by the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. She started her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. During her service at the Ministry, she was also appointed official interpreter for Her Majesty the Empress, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Japan. After she served as Consul at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles from 2001 to 2007, she left the government to work as Vice President of the Japanese American National Museum where she was charged with US-Japan programs till she joined Union Bank in 2009. She has sat on the boards of various organizations including Nisei Week Foundation, International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, and Japan Business Association of Southern California where she has been the Executive Vice President. She also serves as honorary advisor for Japanese cultural associations for flower arrangement, tea ceremony, and calligraphy. She received a B.A. from Nara Women’s University and an M.A. from Queen’s University in Canada.


JOSHUA MOREY
President and CEO of The J. Morey Company, Inc.

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Mr. Morey is President and CEO of The J. Morey Company, Inc., a third generation family-owned insurance brokerage. Prior to joining his family's business he worked with Athletes in Action, facilitating sports partnerships between the United States and Japan. With this experience and his passion for cultural exchange, Mr. Morey co-founded Far East Baseball and The Oliver’s Sports Council (Sports Agency). Mr. Morey has a BA in Business/Economics from Wheaton College and a MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. He was a delegate of the 2016 TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program. He is also founding member of the Japanese American National Museum’s New Leadership Advisory Council.

 

NORMAN NAKASONE 
Senior Vice President, Product & e-Channel Management, Central Pacific Bank

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Mr. Nakasone has been with Central Pacific Bank for 33 years and is currently Senior Vice President & Manager of its Product & e-Channel Management Division. He is responsible for implementing and managing the development and enhancement of the Bank’s retail deposit products and non-branch delivery channels. He serves on the boards of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association, United Japanese Society of Hawaii, and University of Hawaii Alumni Association. Mr. Nakasone earned a BA in Economics and Japanese at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and an MBA at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

 

JILL NISHI, Program Development Committee Chair
Director, Strategy Planning & Management & Chief of Staff, U.S. Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Ms. Nishi currently serves as Director of Strategy, Planning & Management & Chief of Staff in the U.S. Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. She has served in a number of leadership capacities at the Gates Foundation including overseeing the strategy, management and research & evaluation functions for the foundation’s Postsecondary Success strategy whose aim is to increase the number of low-income young adults who complete a post-secondary credential. She also led the foundation’s U.S. Libraries Program, an initiative dedicated to bringing technology access to disadvantaged communities through the nation’s public libraries. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she served in several leadership positions in the public sector. She was appointed by Mayor Greg Nickels as director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development; and previously served as deputy director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. An active member of the Seattle community, she co-founded the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation. She is Trustee Emeritus of the University of Puget Sound and on the Board of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Ms. Nishi holds a BA from the University of Puget Sound and an MA in public affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

 

MARK OKADA
Co-founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Highland Capital Management, L.P.

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Mr. Okada is Co-founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer of global alternative investment firm Highland Capital Management, L.P. where he oversees the investment activities across the firm’s multibillion-dollar investment platform. With over 30 years of experience in credit markets, Mr. Okada is regarded as an innovator in alternative credit investing. Mr. Okada is also devoted to a number of philanthropic and civic causes, with a focus on education, faith-based service, and Japanese American relations. He is chairman of the board of directors of Education Is Freedom, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides college preparatory services for underserved students. He is also chairman of the board for Common Grace Ministries, Inc., a board member of the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society, and a trustee at the Japanese American National Museum. Additionally, Mr. Okada serves on the executive board of Dedman College Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University. He received a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

 

YOKO OTANI
Partner, Straterix Inc.

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Ms. Otani is a Partner at Straterix, Inc., a financial technology (“fintech”) company. Previously, Ms. Otani was a Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group, a management consulting company where she led major engagements, advising and working with clients on a range of business, risk and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Promontory, Ms. Otani was Managing Director and Co-Head of the Financial Institutions Group N. America in the Corporate and Investment Bank at Citigroup. She began her career at Citigroup in the treasury and corporate finance group in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Otani serves on the Board of Governors of the Risk Management Association of New York. Ms. Otani holds a BA in East Asian Studies/History from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA in finance from New York University.

 

SCOTT SATO, Development Committee Co-Chair
CEO, Tricor Japan 

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Mr. Sato was appointed as CEO of Tricor Japan in September, 2018. Previously, he served as President and COO of Pasona Inc. After spending seven years as an international consultant at accounting firms such as Ernst and Young, he joined Pasona International Inc. in 2000. He made significant contributions to Pasona’s global operations and was appointed to be CEO of Pasona NA, Inc. in 2004. Since then he has served senior executive positions for the Pasona Group Inc. and its subsidiary companies. He has served as a member on the Board of Councilors for the U.S.-Japan Council (Japan) since 2013; was Co-Chair of the 2015 Annual Conference Host Committee; and the 2016 and 2018 Annual Conference Development Co-Chair. Mr. Sato was born in New York, and graduated from Iona College in 1993.

 

RONA TISON
Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations ITO EN, North America, Inc.

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A tea industry connoisseur with a refined approach to the U.S.-Japanese culture and innovative marketing, Ms. Tison is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations at ITO EN (North America) INC., Japan’s #1 green tea brand and the world’s leading purveyor of award-winning, premium and sustainably-grown green tea and healthy beverages. Ms. Tison is responsible for maintaining and developing the company’s corporate image through branding, public relations and promotional events. In addition to her role at ITO EN, Ms. Tison serves on the Board of the Tea Association of the USA and the Tea & Health Committee. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Global Tea Initiative at University of California, Davis and has been a speaker at the World Tea Expo, San Francisco, Los Angeles & Northwest Tea Festivals, Shizuoka World Tea Festival, James Beard House and Smithsonian Lecture Series. Ms. Tison is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley having studied Oriental Literature. She received the 2017 John Harney Lifetime Achievement Award for her educational contributions to the tea industry, the first woman to ever receive this prestigious award.

 

WILLIAM TSUTSUI
President and Professor of History, Hendrix College

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Dr. Tsutsui is President of Hendrix College, a national liberal arts college located in Conway, Arkansas. He previously served as Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University and taught for 17 years at the University of Kansas. Dr. Tsutsui is a specialist in modern Japanese business, economic, and cultural history and is the author or editor of eight books including Banking Policy in Japan (1988); Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (1998); and Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004). He currently is a member of the board of EIIA, a national nonprofit insurance and risk-management provider, and chairs the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Dr. Tsutsui received Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in history from Princeton University and earned a Master of Letters in modern Japanese history from Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies in 1985.

 

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