March 7, 2018

March 7, 2018


(Washington, D.C.)  The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce the Mansfield Fellows for 2018-2019.  This is the twenty-third group of Fellows to have been selected for the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, which was established by Congress in 1994 to build a corps of U.S. government officials with substantial Japan expertise.  With the addition of these new Fellows, a total of 159 U.S. federal government officials from twenty-eight agencies, commissions and the U.S. Congress have entered the Fellowship Program.  Members of the twenty-third group of Mansfield Fellows include:

Richard Banh, Financial Management Analyst, General Services Administration
Logan Barlow, KC-135R Aircraft Commander, Captain, U.S. Air Force
Charles Jake Cadwell, Cyberspace Operations Officer, Major, U.S. Air Force
Gabriel Mahns, Compliance Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration
Laura Marshall, Space Operations Officer, Captain, U.S. Air Force
Ian Morrison, Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Tony Nakanishi, Reliability and Risk Analyst, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Michele Tempel, Civil Engineer Officer, Captain, U.S. Air Force
Heather Ward, International Cooperation Specialist, U.S. Agency for International Development

During the one-year Fellowship Program the new Mansfield Fellows will participate in a seven-week intensive Japanese language program in Ishikawa Prefecture and ten months of placements primarily in Japanese government agencies in Tokyo.  By working side-by-side with their counterparts in Japan’s ministries and agencies, National Diet, and non-governmental organizations, the Fellows will deepen their understanding of Japan’s government and policymaking process.  This experience — and the contacts the Fellows make in the Japanese government and in the business, professional, and academic communities — will contribute to their work on Japan and Asia-related programs and policies when they return to federal government service.

“The new Mansfield Fellows are experts in areas ranging from information technology and international development to weather forecasting and the safe use of nuclear power,” said Frank Jannuzi, President and CEO of the Mansfield Foundation.  “They are committed to working with their counterpart agencies in Japan to further their expertise and to exchange information and ideas in areas including: expanding public-private partnerships, creating an IT-qualified workforce, addressing climate change, enhancing space situational awareness, and improving global aviation safety and efficiency.  Their Fellowship experience will strengthen their understanding of Japanese government policies and contribute to closer cooperation on some of the most important challenges our countries face.”

The Mike Mansfield Program is administered by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation with funding from the U.S. Department of State.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations.  It was established in 1983 to honor Mike Mansfield (1903-2001), a revered public servant, statesman and diplomat who played a pivotal role in many of the key domestic and international issues of the 20th century as U.S. congressman from Montana, Senate majority leader and finally as U.S. ambassador to Japan.  Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs, which create networks among U.S. and Asian leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policies, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia.  The Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C.; Tokyo, Japan; and Missoula, Montana.

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