Aya Hashimoto is Director of Programs for the TOMODACHI Initiative. She manages and executes TOMODACHI Initiative programs geared toward developing high school, college students and young professionals. Prior to joining TOMODACHI Initiative, Ms. Hashimoto served with the U.S. Forces Japan. During her time with U.S. Forces Japan, she managed and was responsible for several projects and initiatives including a mentoring program that was recognized as a best practice. She participated in Operation Tomodachi in 2011 as a Logistics Coordinator. Ms. Hashimoto has 20 years of business experience in the U.S. and Japan’s private and government sectors holding positions directly reporting to senior management, including company presidents and military high ranking officials. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities from Keisen Woman’s College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.