LEADERSHIP TRANSITION AT NAJAS
January 4, 2023
The National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS) is delighted to welcome Andrew Wylegala as its next President, following Peter Kelley's 13 years of superb leadership. Andrew brings a rich background in Asia and a passion for the U.S.-Japan grassroots relationship. From his time as a high school exchange student in Saitama Prefecture and as a member of the Japan-America Student Conference, Andrew went on to a distinguished career as a senior foreign service commercial officer, including serving at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. As a Professor of Practice at the National Defense University, he taught economics and industry analysis to security policy practitioners. Most recently, Andrew served as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan, leading that organization through the challenges of the pandemic. The NAJAS Search Committee was impressed by Andrew's breadth of experience, his personable approachability, and his commitment to the NAJAS cause. Andrew will start his position on March 1 and Peter Kelley will continue in his post until then. We look forward to welcoming Andrew back to Washington and to introducing him to the nation-wide JAS community!