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NAJAS’ Board of Directors consists of one-to-two regular society member representatives from each of our 38 Japan and Japan-America Societies*, and Independent Board Members, the latter up to a total of one-third the number of regular society member Board representatives.  Within the Board is an Executive Committee comprised of five officers, (president, ex-oficio) and additional independent members, totaling 13.

Executive Committee Members



Ambassador Kurt Tong

Managing Partner

The Asia Group

President, NAJAS (Ex-Officio)

Mr. Andrew Wylegala



Ambassador David B. Shear

Senior Advisor

McLarty Associates


Vice Chair

Ms. Emma Chanlett-Avery

Director, Political-Security Affairs

Deputy Director, Washington, D.C. Office

Asia Society Policy Institute


Mr. Celso Mataac

Citrin Cooperman

At-large Members / Independent Members

Ms. Patsy Brown
Executive Director
Japan-America Society of Houston

Ms. Anne Golden

Executive Director

Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati 

Dr. William Farrell

Ms. Reyna Kaneko
Japan-America Society of Hawaii

Dr. Joshua W. Walker


Japan Society, Inc. 

Mr. Richard Raiford

Other Independent Board Members, not serving on Executive Committee

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

*Note on the make-up of the Board of Directors: NAJAS' 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 the full Board roster of regular society members is not listed.

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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