USJC Management and Staff

Weston S. Konishi

Director of Partnerships & Development, DC Office

Wes Konishi has served as a Senior Fellow at The Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation, in Washington, DC since 2009 to the present and previously served as Director of Programs from 1999 to 2007.  He was the Chief Operating Officer with Peace Winds America based in the Washington, DC area from 2013 to 2014.  He served as the Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis in Cambridge, MA and Washington, DC. A recipient of a B.A. and M.A. from International Christian University, Tokyo, Wes has held teaching positions and fellowships at Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo and was a Hitachi/Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan.   He has over 15 years of experience in Washington, DC in U.S.-Japan and Asia relations and policy.  Wes has an extensive network of public and private sector leaders and experts and has broad experience in fundraising and development, team leadership and project management, design and implementation.  He has published numerous articles, has conducted interviews with various U.S.-Japan related media, and was a regular contributing columnist for The Daily Yomiuri for eight years.