Merissa Nakamura is the Membership Engagement and Regional Coordinator at the U.S.-Japan Council office in Washington, DC. She is responsible for the administrative and operational support of activities relating to the engagement of members, which includes membership and regional activities. Prior to joining USJC, she served as the Norman Y. Mineta Fellow at the Japanese American Citizens League where she organized national programs such as the JACL Kakehashi Project in coordination with Japan International Cooperation Center and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. In addition to the Kakehashi Project, Merissa organized the JACL/OCA Leadership Summit, creating opportunities for Asian American leaders to engage with congressional representatives on a variety of social and political issues. She also was responsible for producing social media content and monitoring key advocacy efforts in Japanese American historical preservation, LGBTQ issues and hate crimes. She is passionate about creating platforms for young Japanese American leaders. A yonsei from Salt Lake City, Utah, Merissa holds a B.S. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of Utah.