On November 7th, Ms. Teri Takai will step into her new role as the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense. Most recently, Takai served as CIO for the state of California. While in California, Ms. Takai befriended USJC Member Miyoko Sawamura. “As the State Chief Information Officer, Teri Takai has elevated California's IT profile. A consummate leader and professional, Ms. Takai will bring vision and dedication to successfully serve as the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense," said Ms. Sawamura who works for the California Department of Public Health. Takai has also been named one of Government Technology's Top 25 "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers." The U.S.-Japan Council congratulates Ms. Takai.