Lauren Matsumoto is the Membership Engagement and Regional Coordinator for the U.S.-Japan Council, working remotely from San Diego, California. Prior to joining USJC, Lauren worked as a Senior Client Delivery Analyst at Hive AI in San Francisco. In addition to her experience working in a startup, Lauren brings to USJC four years of experience as a student leader for UCSD’s Nikkei Student Union and student organizer for UCSD’s annual NSU and JSA Matsuri. During her time at UCSD and with NSU, she served on the Manzanar at Dusk committee for three years and assisted in creating Katari with the Manzanar Committee. She also served on the advisory council as a student leader for the San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League and worked with the Pacific Southwest District of National JACL as a stand-in representative at JACL National Convention and the JACL/OCA leadership summit. Lauren holds a B.A. in International Studies - International Business with a focus in East Asia and a double minor in Japanese Studies and Accounting from the University of California, San Diego. She was a Kakehashi Project participant and in her junior year of college studied abroad at International Christian University.