Allison Murata is Program Manager for the U.S.-Japan Council, working out of the Los Angeles Office. Her responsibilities include planning and implementing the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program, U40 Summit and the Japanese American Leadership Delegation. Prior to joining USJC, Allison worked as Medical Education Coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Program Coordinator for educational programs at the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. Allison has interned for the Hawaii Herald and MAVIN Foundation’s Community Mixed Race Action Plan in Seattle, and served as a Legislative Aide to Hawaii State Representative Barbara Marumoto. She is a 2017 Kizuna Board Fellow. Allison holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Occidental College. She spent her junior year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo and returned to Japan to teach English following graduation. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.