Alison Aadland joined the U.S.-Japan Council in 2019 as the Public Relations Manager, where she manages external communications and media relations. Originally from Minnesota, she comes from years of experience working in communications and programming for nonprofit and mission-driven organizations, especially within the field of international education. Prior to joining USJC, she worked as the Communications and Marketing Manager at the Fulbright Association, and before that, was a Communications Specialist at Solutions, a mental healthcare agency. She holds an M.A. from King's College, London in the multidisciplinary field of Medieval Studies, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Concordia College, where she completed an exchange program at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. She additionally worked as an English instructor in Tokyo for two years, and currently serves as the Technology Chair on the Board of Directors for the JET Alumni of Washington, DC.