Aya Maher is the Director of Communications at the U.S.-Japan Council office in Washington, DC. Her responsibilities include ensuring a cohesive brand identity and managing USJC's web presence and messaging across all platforms, and supporting media relations and member outreach. Prior to joining USJC, Aya worked as a White House Reporter for The Asahi Shimbun where she covered U.S.-Japan relations and foreign affairs. She also managed the production of a digital gastrotourism guide to Japan for Roads & Kingdoms, in collaboration with Microsoft and Anthony Bourdain. Aya was raised in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Virginia, and is bilingual and bicultural. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Waseda University.