Introducing the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program Cohort!

USJC is proud to announce the members of the 2023 Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). ELP identifies, cultivates and empowers a new generation of Japanese American leaders.

In its 13th year, the program allows participants to network with U.S.-Japan Council leaders through a variety of activities and events. This particular cohort will have the opportunity to join the upcoming Annual Conference, scheduled to take place in Washington, DC in November. 

Please join us in welcoming:

  • Yumi Araki (Washington, DC)
    Managing Producer of Podcasts, America’s Test Kitchen
  • Rei Kataoka Coleman (Tokyo, Japan)
    Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager, Japan and Korea, Salesforce Japan
  • Ryu Fukuyama (San Francisco, CA)
    Associate, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Joe Galligan (Chicago, IL)
    Outreach Coordinator, Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
  • Aila Gomi (Columbus, OH)
    Manager Materials Science, Advanced Drainage Systems
  • Sonja Khan (New York, NY)
    Engineering Manager, Patreon
  • Darien Moriguchi (Honolulu, HI)
    Chief Financial Officer, Ocean Investments
  • Jacquelyn Morikubo (Honolulu, HI)
    Director, Global Marketing Channels, Meta
  • Kevin Onishi (Los Angeles, CA)
    Chief Operating Officer, Keiro
  • Hiroyuki Wakabayashi (Arlington, VA)
    Autonomous Systems Regulatory Affairs Engineer, The Boeing Company
  • Melynie Yoneda (Tokyo, Japan)
    Account Director, Japan Team Lead, Reuters News and Media Japan K.K.

Click here to read more about the 2023 cohort!