Nana Watanobe joined the U.S.-Japan Council as a Program Coordinator in April 2020. Her responsibilities include supporting programs implemented and managed by the TOMODACHI Initiative. Prior to joining USJC, Ms. Watanobe served as a Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator as part of a program implemented by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and Laurasian Institution. She spent two years at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, introducing Japanese culture to more than 5,600 people. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Tsuda University. She was born and raised in Ibaraki.