Yukari Shishido serves as the Alumni Coordinator at the TOMODACHI Initiative. Her primary responsibilities include managing the online platform for TOMODACHI alumni (TOMODACHI ALUMNI CONNECT) that connects and engages alumni to provide various opportunities and information. She also supports many alumni-related programs. Ms. Shishido is from Fukushima and experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 when she was in high school. She saw the ways in which the U.S. cooperated with Japan to reconstruct the disaster-affected regions and realized the importance of bilateral relationships. In 2017, she studied abroad in Boston and participated in the TOMODACHI Daiwa House Student Leadership Conference IV, where she learned ways to further the U.S.-Japan relationship and became passionate about strengthening the alumni community we call the TOMODACHI Generation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Saitama University.