PORTLAND, Ore. – Elisa Dozono, Miller Nash LLP, will travel to Japan from March 7 to 15 on the 2014
Japanese American Leadership Delegation (JALD) program, which brings ten prominent Japanese
Americans to Japan for a week-long trip dedicated to building people-to-people connections with
Japanese leaders. In its 14th year, JALD provides opportunities for Japanese Americans to establish a
meaningful role in strengthening U.S.-Japan relations across all sectors of society.
Dozono and the other delegates will visit Fukuoka in the Kyushu region, an economically and culturally
dynamic prefecture where many Japanese Americans have their ancestral roots. They will also participate
in a panel discussion sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the U.S.-
Japan Council (USJC). The delegates will then visit Tokyo, where past delegations have typically met
with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and top business executives, among others.
Dozono is a Partner at Miller Nash LLP, where she specializes in business litigation and government law.
She is the Chair of the Oregon State Lottery Commission, member of the Metro Exposition Recreation
Commission and a member of the Governor’s Judicial Screening Committee. She has over 11 years'
experience in communications management and government relations, including as corporate media
manager for the Port of Portland, communications director for former Portland Mayor Vera Katz and
media relations director for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's transition. In 1996, she led the
Clinton/Gore campaign in Oklahoma. She has also worked as a news producer for Portland's KATU
television. Before joining Miller Nash, she externed for Judge Ann Aiken of the U.S. District Court of
Oregon. Dozono holds a B.S. in journalism from Boston University and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law
School (formerly Northwestern School of Law). The paternal side of Dozono’s family comes from
“My father and grandfather helped bring Fuji TV to Oregon in the 1980s for the series From Oregon With
Love, so I grew up with a deep appreciation for the relationship between my home state and my Japanese
roots,” said Dozono. “I look forward to building my own connections on this trip and finding new ways
for the U.S. and Japan to create cooperative economic opportunities.”
The delegates come from across the country and are active in their communities, engaged in U.S.-Japan
relations and committed to deepening ties between Japanese Americans and Japan. USJC President Irene
Hirano Inouye will lead the delegation. The program is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of
Japan and organized by USJC.
** Dozono is available to comment before, during and after her trip to Japan. Contact USJC
Communications Manager Shiori Okazaki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-223-6843 to arrange
an interview. For more information and biographies of all ten delegates visit: