NAJAS’ Board of Directors consists of representatives from each of our 38 member Japan-America Societies and 10 at-large members with strong Japan connections. The Board includes a 12 member Executive Committee.

Executive Committee Members



Ambassador Kurt Tong

Managing Partner

The Asia Group


Mr. Peter Kelley



Dr. William Duncan

At-Large Members

Ms. Amy Boots

Executive Director

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania

Dr. William R. Farrell

Honorary Consul General of Japan in Rhode Island

Ambassador David B. Shear

Senior Advisor

McLarty Associates

Vice Chair

Ms. Emma Chanlett-Avery

Specialist in Asian Affairs

Congressional Research Service


Mr. Celso Mataac

Citrin Cooperman

Ms. Patsy Brown

Executive Director

Japan-America Society of Houston

Ms. Reyna Kaneko


Japan-America Society of Hawaii

Dr. Joshua W. Walker


Japan Society, Inc.

Independent Board Members

Mr. Barry Hirschfeld

President and CEO

Asia Investment Partners, LLC

Dr. Sheila A. Smith

Senior Fellow for Japan Studies

Council on Foreign Relations

Ambassador Michael W. Michalak

Senior Vice President

Regional Managing Director US-ASEAN Business Council

*Important note on the make-up of the NAJAS Board of Directors: The Bylaws stipulate that each member Society can have up to two representatives on the Board of Directors, but with only one vote per Society. Several Societies have yet to confirm their representatives so we have not listed them at this time.

Honorary Chairs

Mr. Glen S. Fukushima

Senior Fellow

Center for American Progress

Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer

Founder and CEO

Envoy International LLC

National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc.

1819 L Street NW, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20036

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